The Laboratories

The OMM’s experimental astrophysics laboratories respond to the technological challenges posed by the design of high-performance instruments for a better understanding of the Universe.

Recent technological developments are opening up exciting new possibilities in astronomy. With the increasing complexity of modern technology, astronomy needs to draw on the expertise and skills of a team of engineers, technicians and technologists. The technological problems posed often offer a challenge to both the scientist and the engineer, and therefore provide the ideal training ground for students of applied physics and engineering.

The experimental astrophysics laboratories are divided into three main areas: ground-based astronomy, space-based astronomy and innovation projects. OMM laboratories are leaders in the design, development and construction of astronomical equipment and opto-mechanical systems that do not exist commercially. The aim is to produce instruments for routine use on university telescopes, national telescopes, international consortium telescopes, including future Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs), and space telescopes.