OAPd researchers and technologists participate with their specific
expertise in several feasibility (aka "Phase A") studies for future
instrumentation and telescopes, to help develop optimized concepts for
the science they're intended to perform.
The early involvement in these projects ensure that OAPd researchers
will have a privileged access to the resulting instruments once they
will become operational, and that will acquire the know-how to best
exploit their scientific output.
The feasibility studies in which OAPd is currently involved include:
EPICS, a "planet hunter" instrument for the European Extremely Large Telescope
(E-ELT), PLATO, a candidate ESA mission for exoplanets detection and
characterization and for astereoseismology, the multi-conjugate
adaptive optics module for the E-ELT and the European Solar Telescope
(EST), a proposed, large aperture (3-5m) telescope for the study of