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Getting Ready for EST

Objective

The present project is intended to take the European Solar Telescope (EST) to the next level of development by undertaking crucial activities to improve the performance of current state-of-the-art instrumentation. Legal, industrial and socio-economic issues will also be addressed, as key questions for the attainment of EST. The particular developments and strategic tasks proposed here can be summarised in the following specific objectives:
(i) Boosting new generation detectors, with the development of two prototype sensors, one for large-format imaging and a the other for high-precision polarimetry, the evaluation of an existing large format wavefront sensing camera is also addressed;
(ii) Development of a capacitance-stabilised Fabry-Perot prototype for a high quality control of the parallelism of the etalon plates;
(iii) new techniques for 2D solar spectro-polarimetry; with integral field units based on multi-slit image slicers or a microlens-fed spectrograph;
(iv) development of large format liquid-crystal modulators, required for the large-format sensors that will be needed for the new generation large aperture telescopes ;
(v) evaluation of the performance of the EST-MCAO deformable mirrors to improve the design and performance of this system; and
(vi) strategic work to covering industrial, financial and legal issues related the future construction and operation of EST. The following issues will be addressed:
• Elaboration of a census of the European solar physics community
• Analysis of the technological expertise of European companies in the different countries and their potential expertise related with the construction needs of EST
• Revision and update of the construction budget of EST
• Stimulation of a discussion of all these aspects within the consortium EAST
With all these elements in hand, the project will be in the condition to present a definite proposal for detailed design, construction, managing and operation of EST.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/galactic astronomy/solar physics
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/census

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRADEV-1-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS
Address
Calle Via Lactea
38205 San Cristobal De La Laguna
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 705 000

Participants (12)

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 370 000
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 201 500
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 503 750
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 42 500
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 54 306
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 126 342
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 194 062,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 20 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 194 062,50
Address
Cr Torrejon Ajalvir Km 4 2
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
A.D.S. INTERNATIONAL SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 285 750
Address
Via Pio Galli Sindacalista 3
23841 Annone Di Brianza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARCOPTIX SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Faubourg De La Gare 5A
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ANDOR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 280 000
Address
Millennium Way 7 Springvale Business Park
BT12 7AL Belfast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)