Onsala Space Observatory Division

The Onsala Space Observatory division includes the  Onsala Space Observatory Swedish National Infrastructure for Radio Astronomy and the two research units, namely Advanced Receiver Development (GARD) and Space Geodesy and Geodynamics.

  • The telescopes and other instrumentation run by the Onsala Space Observatory Infrastructure include the 20m, 25m and OTT telesccopes, LOFAR station and a share of the APEX telescope in Chile. The infrastrcuture also provides technical and user  support to international projects such as ALMA and SKA.
  • The GARD academic group develops new technology needed for the next generation of receivers for radio and millimetre astronomy, encompassing all from device superconding physics to advanced optics. Personnel from the GARD group are also partly employed by the OSO infrastructure in designing and building receivers to APEX and helping maintain the operation of the Swedish delivered instruments at APEX.
  • The Space Geodesy and Geodynamics group work on developing advanced measurement and analysis techniques to extract geoscience data from  thegeodetic VLBI, GNSS, gravimeter, aeronomy and tide gauge measurements made by the OSO infrastructure. Personel from the Geo group are also partly employed by the OSO infrastructure in helping maintain the operation of the geoscience sensors at the infrastructucture.

Head of Division
John Conway

Published: Thu 27 Apr 2017. Modified: Tue 24 Apr 2018