In this laboratory instrumentation for use in radio astronomy with a focus on academic and technological research activities is designed, constructed and tested. It is made up of a heterogeneous group of astronomers, engineers, technicians, and students, with a combined experience ranging from decimeter to submillimeter.
The laboratory develops projects related to millimeter wave receivers in collaboration with various groups abroad. Together with the Photonics, and Planetary and Space Exploration Laboratories, it is part of the Astronomical Instrumentation Group.
- Design Software: High Frequency Structure Simulator, Ansoft Designer, Topsolid, Microwave Studio.
- Construction: Precision CNC lathe with 5 axes (1 micron precision) machine to make electrical connections in chips (bonding machine).
- Measurement and testing: vector network analyzer (10 kHz to 50 GHz), spectrum analyzer (10 kHz to 110 GHz), signal generator up to 40 GHz and multipliers up to 120 GHz, test station for DC and RF measurements in microdevices and chips.
- 2012 – ALMA Fund Grant # 31120005 (2 years); PI: L. Bronfman; CoI: F. P. Mena; “Extending the Frequency Coverage of ALMA Band 1: Development of Key Components”.
- FONDECYT Regular 2012 (3 años); PI: F. P. Mena; CoI: M. Diaz; “New ReceiverTechnology for the Southern Millimeter Wave Telescope”.
- 2011 – Support to the Scientific Infrastructure of Research Centers (1year); PI: L. Bronfman; CoI: F. P. Mena, “Astronomical Instrumentation”.
- 2010 – Joint Committee ESO (1 year); PI: F.P. Mena; “Strengthening of Teaching and Research in Astronomical Instrumentation at University of Chile with the Use of Professional Simulation Software”.
- 2009 – Gemini-Conicyt Fund (2 years); PI: L. Bronfman; CoI: F. P. Mena, “Enhancing a 1.2 m mm-wave Telescope at Cerro Calán for Training and Research”.
- 2008 – ALMA Fund Grant # 31080018 (2 years); PI: F. P. Mena; “A Radio Interferometer Design and Construction, for Know-how Acquisition, Training, and Teaching Experiences Design, at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Chile”.
- 2009 – ALMA Fund Grant # 31080003 (1 year); PI: L. Bronfman; CoI: F. P. Mena; “Construction of an Anechoic Chamber for Beam Pattern Measurements at ~ 40 GHz”
- 2008 – Program for Basal Funding for Scientific Centers and Tecnologies of Excellence (5 years); PI: L. Bronfman; “Center of Astrophysics and Tecnologíes – Líne of Astronomical Instrumentation”.
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Ph.D. University of Southern California, USA.
Néstor Becerra Yoma
Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, U.K.