Advanced Technologies - Legacy
The Advanced Technologies Section is engaged in developing innovative technologies for current and future astronomical detectors, for ground-based, spaceborne and lander based applications.
Technology development activities are often applicable to several different potential future missions rather than linked to a single mission or application.
Some of these technologies may be applicable beyond the astronomy/astrophysics field and benefit other domains (e.g. medical detector applications).
The key areas under development are:
- Scintillation detectors for gamma-rays
- Compound semiconductor X-ray detectors (GaAs, TlBr, InP and others)
- Extrinsic semiconductor BIB (blocked-impurity-band) technology detectors
- Neutron detectors
- IR bolometers
- Quantum Well infrared detectors
- Active Pixel Sensors
- Cryogenic detectors
- Micro-coolers for low-temperature detectors
- Novel infrared suppression filters
- Lightweight X- and gamma-ray optics (both for planetary and astrophysics applications)
- Microwave polarimeter
- Optical components for interferometry
- Interferometry aperture synthesis and optical phased arrays
- Formation flight
- Sensors and analytical instrumentation for water detection
- Miniaturised payload for planetary exploration
- Ice penetrator
Last Update: 15 March 2012