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EST:  The large aperture European Solar Telescope

EST: The large aperture European Solar Telescope

Objective

This is the project definition for the Conceptual Design Study of the large aperture European Solar Telescope (EST). EST is a pan-European project involving 29 partners from 14 different countries. A consortium EAST (European Association for Solar Telescopes) exists with the aim, among others, of undertaking the development of EST, to keep Europe in the frontier of Solar Physics in the world. EST will be optimised for studies of magnetic coupling between the deep photosphere and upper chromosphere. This will require diagnostics of the thermal, dynamic and magnetic properties of the plasma over many scale heights, by using multiple wavelength imaging, spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry. The EST design will strongly emphasise the use of a large number of visible and near-infrared instruments simultaneously, thereby improving photon efficiency and diagnostic capabilities relative to other existing or proposed ground-based or space-borne solar telescopes. To achieve these goals, EST must specialise in high spatial and temporal resolution using instruments that can efficiently produce two-dimensional spectral information. The study aims at demonstrating the scientific, technical and financial feasibility of EST. It includes key aspects needed for a conceptual design of the whole telescope, such as optomechanical design, cooling mechanisms, adaptive optics, instrumentation and control. Different existing alternatives will be analysed for all systems and subsystems, with decisions taken on the most adequate ones that are compatible with the scientific goals and the technical strategies. Technical specifications will be given at the end of the Design Study for all systems and subsystems.

Coordinator

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS

Address

Calle Via Lactea
38205 San Cristobal De La Laguna

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 473 078

Administrative Contact

Manuel Collados Vera (Dr.)

Participants (29)

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LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FÜR SONNENPHYSIK (KIS)

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 303 040

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 850

THEMIS S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 127 912

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 63 160

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 251 900

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 161 232

KUNGLIGA VETENSKAPSAKADEMIEN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 132 328

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III

France

EU Contribution

€ 16 800

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 36 604

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 26 000

ASTRONOMICKY USTAV AV CR

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 22 000

ASTRONOMICAL INSTITUTE OF THE SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 19 540

HALFMANN TELESKOPTECHNIK GmbH & Co KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 26 400

ROTHE ERDE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 11 280

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 11 280

BOUWSTUDIO PELSERHARTMAN BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 11 165

HANKOM ENGINEERING

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 44 775

ROYAL DUYVIS WIENER BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 32 250

POLY-NEDERLAND HANDELSMAATSCHAPPIJ B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 17 400

MT MECHATRONICS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 193 550

Systelab Technologies S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 32 495,97

IDOM INGENIERIA Y CONSULTORIA S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 115 860

CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE METODES NUMERICS EN ENGINYERIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 144 000

S.R.S. ENGINEERING DESIGN S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 346 235

ANDOR TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 84 915

Ústav fyziky plazmatu AV ČR, v. v. i.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 11 400

GRAN TELESCOPIO DE CANARIAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 136 800

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 63 600

NTE-SENER, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 17 150,03

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212482

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2008

  • End date

    31 July 2011

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 782 318,06

  • EU contribution

    € 3 200 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS

Spain