FOCUS - Better detectors for exploring the Universe

Astrophysics - Instrumentation - Space technologies - Detection technologies
Developing new generations of detectors with improved performance for astronomical observation, at the limit of sensitivity, faster, over broader spectral bands or that offer new functionalities.


  • Develop the highest performing detectors for astrophysics.
  • Combine the best expertise across the entire detection chain: principle/technology – process characterization – instrumental systems.
  • Support the instrumentation of very large ground and space equipment: extremely wide telescope, the ESA’s Cosmic Vision missions.
  • Develop European networks for the next generations of powerful detectors in the world-class technological context of Grenoble: new mm/submm technologies (KIDs and ?-bolometers) and industrial production capacities at the highest level for infrared.
Updated on  February 19, 2020