Search for and characterization of extra-solar planets by direct detection, based on Extreme Adaptive Optixs (XAO), stellar coronagraphy, and differential imaging. First light is foreseen in 2012. The Department is responsible for global system studies and for design, manufacture, and test of the main science module, IRDIS.
Multi-fiber spectrographe for a large cosmological survey. Light from 2400 fibres placed by a robot in the prime focus of the Japanese 8m SUBARU telescope is analysed by an assembly of 4 spectrographs, each of which has 3 channels, blue, red and NIR. The LAM ist responsable for design of the visible channels and AIT/AIV of the system.
Multi-object spectrograph for the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC). The Department is responsible for the manufacture of gratings.
Multi-object integral field spectrograph with integrated adaptive optics (MOAO) for the ESO E-ELT. The Department provides project management for the French participation and contributes to optical design and alignment of the instrument.
Wide-field multi-object spectrograph for the ESO E-ELT. The Department provides global management of the project and participates to optical design and alignment of the instrument.
Fiber-based spectrographs for the 4m Kitt Peak telescope led by University of Berkeley. Coordination of the French participation and spectrograph optical design.