On June 25/26 2019, an international team of experts, chaired by Martin Roth, were invited to review the conceptual design for an ultra-stable high resolution spectrograph at the 10.4 m Telescope GTC at La Palma, Canary Islands. The meeting was hosted by the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias in La Laguna, Tenerife. For an estimated cost of 17 MEUR, a consortium of four partners is planning to build an ambitious, ultra-stable spectrograph for research on exoplanets, metal-poor stars, and other sciences cases. The consortium consists of NOAC, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NOAC), the Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (NIAOT), the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias(IAC), and GRANTECAN S.A., the company that is operating the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC). The design of the spectrograph is proceeding quickly and involves exciting astrophotonics technologies such as optimized optical fibers and laser frequency combs.
GTC-HRS consortium members and the review panel in La Laguna, Tenerife
Dr. Claudia Pacholski – head of the research group Optical Materials – succeded in prolongating her Heisenberg fellowship funded by the DFG. Thus, she will continue her work on the bottom-up fabrication of tailor-made plasmonic sensors for the specific and sensitive detection of target analytes in complex matrices. In this framework her work got additionally supported by a project grant of the DFG for developing chemical routes to prepare two-dimensional photonic crystal sensors equipped with nano/microcavities. Congratulations, Claudia!
3D-CANCER-SPEC is a new innoFSPEC transfer project as part of the EU ATTRACT initiative which recently started with a kick-off meeting at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. 3D-CANCER-SPEC will bring astronomical technology to bear against cancer, one of the leading cause of death worldwide. This project — coordinated by Martin Roth of innoFSPEC at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam — will combine the expertise of two partners involved in the development of the innovative MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. By doing so, the team will carry out a design study for an imaging spectrograph suitable for clinical cancer studies.
You can watch Martin Roth's pitch about the project here.
ATTRACT, a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project funded by the European Union and backed by a consortium of 9 partners including ESO, has announced 170 breakthrough ideas which will each receive €100,000 to develop technologies that have the potential to change society. The kick-off meeting has started the clock on a one-year countdown for the selected proposals to prove the scientific merit and innovation potential of their disruptive detection and imaging technologies.
For more details please have a look at ESO’s full press release and visit the ATTRACT website.
Nikos Sagias, student from University of Ioannina, Greece, spent a successful four-month Erasmus traineeship in the context of innoFSPEC at the AIP. Within the scope of his project, he reduced and evaluated data from the Potsdam Multi-Aperture Spectrophotometer (PMAS) at the 3.5 m telescope at Calar Alto, using the in-house developed software P3D.
photo: Genoveva Micheva
On May 8 and May 9, 2019, the entire innoFSPEC team came together for our fifth team workshop - this time dedicated to the topics EU proposal writing, joint projects and science communication. The first day started with a key note talk on "Simulation of Sunscreen Performance" held by Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzog, University of Basel and Head of Global Development UV Protection and Scientific Liaisons at BASF. This talk was followed by an in-depth and informative session with Dr. Babette Regierer, SB Science Management, Berlin. The focus of the second day was an inspiring pitch training for scientists given by Nadine Lux and Dr. Gabriele Schönherr, both from science³, Berlin. At the same time the innoFSPEC team worked on six research topics in order to foster joint projects between the groups. We are looking forward to the next workshop in order to push this further!
photo: Nabarun Polley