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 R&D Optics group

Research and Development in Optics, Instrumentation, Telescopes, Detectors

The R&D optics group, founded in the 70’s by André Baranne, proposes innovations for astronomical instrumentation through the development of new concepts and research in optics. Beside our involvements in the major astronomical instrumentation programs, many R&D programs are carried out in various instrumentation domains. The team innovations in instrumentation trigger transverse links with the LAM research groups, technological facilities and technical departments.

You can download a pdf presentation of the group activities.

You can download the 2016-2020 program


  • January 2019
    The R&D group wishes you a happy new year!
    This 2019 year starts with the arrival of Elodie CHOQUET, astronomer, recruited as a permanent staff. Welcome!
    Also, the activities of the group are once again supported by the European Commission through the awarding of the ERC-Proof-of-Concept Grant Curve-X, to start in May 2019, aiming to bring curved detectors to the market.
  • December 2018
    We finish this year with three PhD defenses, Lucie LEBOULLEUX on high contrast imaging techniques on December the 17th, Christophe GASCHET on curved sensors based optical systems on December the 10th and Arthur VIGAN with his second PhD (accreditation thesis) on December the 19th.
    For this occasion, we host our US-based collaborators: Dimitri MAWET from CalTech, Laurent PUEYO and Marshall PERRIN from STScI.

The group

Group members and activities.


Mission and program

Scientific production

All scientific publications from the group members

Internships / Msc Thesis

The R&D department proposes to host internships or Msc Thesis students at any level.

R&D seminars

Internal Seminars

Excellence programs

European and national excellence programs led by team members

Technological facilities

Description of the POLARIS et MOEMS facilities

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