Experimental UV Astronomy

UV space astronomy has a long and prominent tradition in Tübingen. The ORFEUS far-UV telescope was designed and built under our management and flew twice, on Space Shuttles Discovery and Columbia (1993 and 1996). Our current work was triggerd by the World Space Observatory Ultraviolet (WSO/UV) project, which is a Russian-led initiative for a 1.7m telescope. Developments of MCP detector systems started already in 1981.


We currently work on the development of Microchannel Plate (MCP) detectors for future ultraviolet space missions. These detectors use cross-strip-anodes together with a Beetle-chip as readout device. The Beetle-chip is controlled by an FPGA.

Poster presented at Mastertag 2016

ORFEUS telescope at the arm of Space Shuttle Discovery