Astronomical Instrumentation and Microwave Electronics

Instrumento Astronómico de la Universidad de Chile.

Astronomical Instrumentation and Microwave Electronics

Research line oriented to the study, modeling, design and development of instruments for astronomy and space physics. In the astronomical field, research is strongly oriented to the development of new semiconductor devices in order to enhance the capabilities of modern telescopes.

Chile is becoming the capital of astronomy in the world, due to its strategic advantage of being located in the southern hemisphere. Thus, it is attracting more and more state-of-the-art astronomical facilities, a development that has been boosted by the construction of the ALMA observatory and even more favored by the construction of the E-ELT and CCAT telescopes.

The aforementioned Research Line offers enormous opportunities to its students, since it allows them to be in contact with the large telescopes and radio telescopes in the north of our country, to learn about new technologies and to participate in cutting-edge technological development. As part of this effort, the Radio Astronomical Instrumentation Group (RAIG) has been established since 2008, with the participation of the Departments of Astronomy and Electrical Engineering of the School. The 1.2m Survey Radio Telescope (SRT) was installed at the Department of Astronomy, Universidad de Chile, which serves as a training instrument and test bed for new technology developed in our laboratories. Like these laboratories, the Millimeter Wave Laboratory (MWL), the Astro-Photonics Laboratory (APL), and the Space and Planetary Exploration Laboratory (SPEL) have been installed. The use of these devices in complete systems, such as astronomical receivers, makes the design and construction of the systems an important area of research. The modeling, signal processing and hardware techniques used in astronomy, at frequencies ranging from microwave to optical range, are common to other areas, particularly in space physics, as is research in instrumentation for remote ground monitoring of space systems such as probes, rockets and satellites.

Académicos Responsables

Ernest Micahel

Ernest Michael

Dr. Rer. Nat. University of Cologne, Alemania.

Marcos Diaz

Marcos Díaz

Ph.D. Boston University.

Patricio Mena

Patricio Mena

Ph.D. U. of Groningen, Holanda.