Detectors and Controllers

Instrument development includes the development, testing, installation and monitoring the optical and infrared detector system for ESO telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory in Chile. Also, ESO contributes to detector systems for instruments built by ESO external consortia. The development of detectors systems include the electronics that is needed for the controlling detector and for processing the data. The most recent development is the Next General detector Controller (NGC) which can be used to operate all detector types we work with. The following more detailed information about ESO's detectors systems is available: