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Astronomy Instrumentation Group

BLAST and its ballon on the launch pad

BLAST and its balloon on the launch pad at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
(Photo by M. Halpern)

The Astronomy Instrumentation Group (AIG) has a reputation for not only developing world-leading enabling technology but in translating these developments into state-of-the-art instrument design to fulfil current scientific needs.

This is evidenced by our considerable involvement in virtually all FIR space instruments, including the Herschel (Cardiff is PI institute for the SPIRE instrument) and Planck space telescopes.

Research Areas

We are currently active in the following research areas

Instruments & Collaborations