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The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation
The NETPark Research Institute was the first building opened at NETPark – commissioned by Durham University, it houses part of the University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation.
The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation creates advanced astronomical instrumentation for major telescopes around the world and has helped Durham to achieve a worldwide impact for space science research.
The Times Higher Education Supplement puts Durham University top of the European league and fourth in the whole world for the impact of its space science research.
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.