Centre for Advanced Instrumentation Centre for Advanced Instrumentation

The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI) at the NETPark Research Institute collaborates with observatories world-wide in the construction, commissioning and exploitation of innovative hi-tech instruments for optical and infrared astronomy.

Key research areas are advanced spectroscopy, adaptive optics, applied optics, low light level detectors and precision engineering/metrology.

CfAI is one of the major research groups in the Physics Department at Durham with approximately 70 staff and research students. It is distributed across two physical locations, one of which is in the new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics on the University science site in Durham, and the other is at NETPark.

CfAI develops state-of-the-art instruments for application across a wide range of disciplines including astronomical instrumentation, biophysics, remote sensing and fusion diagnostics.



NETPark Research Institute,

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County Durham

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