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Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

 Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

Upcoming Events

CfAI Seminar Programme

Wednesday 27th June: OCW107 1pm

Peng Jia: Space debris from detection to observation.

Vladimir Morozov: New Variations of Light Sheet Microscopy Techniques

Tuesday 3rd July: OCW107 3pm

Roland Bacon (CRAL, University of Lyon): Science prospects with MUSE at the VLT

Abstract: The Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) is an integral field spectrograph with unique capabilities on the Very Large Telescope. With its high sensitivity and by providing a complete view of the optical spectrum over 1 arcmin2 it has been a tremendous breakthrough in the way galactic and extragalactic observations are performed. I will present a few examples where MUSE’s transformational science capabilities are demonstrated. The success of MUSE calls for new ideas for the next generation of VLT instruments, and I will present the concept of a blue-MUSE: a wider field of view, higher resolution, blue-optimised version of MUSE.

Wednesday 4th July: OCW017 2pm

Denis Fappani (Thales)

Thales is a company that produces custom optics, they manufactured the refractive camera optics for SALT-HRS for example. Denis will give an overview about the capabilites of his company


Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

CfAI is one of the major research groups in the Physics Department at Durham with approximately 70 staff and research students. It is distributed across two physical locations, one of which is in the new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics on the University science site in Durham, and the other is at the North East Technology Park (NETPark), an internationally recognised location for science and technology companies, based about ten miles away in Sedgefield, Co. Durham.

CfAI develops state-of-the-art instruments for application across a wide range of disciplines including astronomical instrumentation, biophysics, remote sensing and fusion diagnostics. Research outputs can be found by following the links to individual research areas listed in the menu on the left or by a search of Durham Research Online. We also have close links with the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Institute for Computational Cosmology.


Vision Statement

To design and develop novel instrumentation based on cutting edge technologies with applications across a range of strategically important scientific areas.

Contact Details

Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics NETPark
Address Durham University
Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
Department of Physics
Science Laboratories
South Road
Durham
DH1 3LE
United Kingdom
Durham University
Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
NETPark Research Institute
William Armstrong Way
NETPark
Sedgefield
TS21 3FB
United Kingdom
Secretary +44 (0) 191 334 3588 +44 (0) 191 334 3588
Fax +44 (0) 191 334 3609 +44 (0) 191 334 4844

Contact Details

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
Department of Physics
Science Laboratories
South Road
Durham
DH1 3LE
+44 (0)191 334 3588

Director: Prof. Ray Sharples

CfAI Precision Optics expert secures UKRI Innovation Fellowship

Dr Cyril Bourgenot

CfAI has diamond machined the optics for a camera on a lunar lander.

Lander

Luna-25 space station part of the Luna-Glob Moon exploration program. (Image credit: NPO Lavochkin)


CfAI kicks off new project with CEA Saclay