Visible and Infrared Instruments

The optical and infrared instrumentation group at Oxford is designing and constructing state-of-the-art instruments for ground-based optical and infrared telescopes. We are involved in several projects designing, fabricating and deploying second generation instruments at different 8-meter class telescopes - e.g. European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, and the Japanese Subaru telescope on Hawaii.

In addition, Oxford scientists are working with colleagues in Europe to define the next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs). These ground-based telescopes are expected to have diameters in the range 25-40m, and will operate at optical and infrared wavelengths. We are involved in the definition of the science case for as part of a major European technical design study for an ELT. Our main areas of involvement in the study are in setting the scientific requirements for an ELT and studying potential ELT instruments.

Finally, we are working on developing novel instrumentation concepts and performing research on the underpinning technologies.

A list of projects is given below

Projects for existing observatories

FMOS
KMOS
SWIFT
WEAVE
VIRUS

Projects for future observatories

HARMONI at the E-ELT
MOSAIC at the E-ELT

Projects for future instrumentation

KIDSpec