Diego F. Torres
We are fascinated by space. The vast and dynamic sky, which we study at all frequency ranges, even in gravitational waves, both from ground and space, makes us wonder and dream. This web intends to convey not only the results and aims of our research but a bit of our own motivation to study these topics, as a way of inviting others to join us in this endeavor.
Excelling in our research, we are interested in developing both theoretical models as well as technologies to scrutinize our subject study, being it a planet, star, a galaxy, or the whole universe. We are also interested in using space technologies to understand more about our own Earth, to model better its climate change, and to develop predictive tools that could help avoid the effects of natural disasters.
The main asset (and aim) of our institute is the ability to produce cutting-edge theoretical modeling of what we study observationally, with instruments we help building.
We participate at a significant level in more than a dozen missions and ground-based experiments. Among these we can quote a significant participation in missions like LISA Pathfinder & LISA for the detection of the gravitational waves (for the former, we did the essential-to-the-mission Data Management Unity and were responsible for the Data Diagnostic Subsystem), Euclid (we are responsible for instrument filter tray, and in the Ground Segment, leading the Simulations Organization Unit and the Photometric Redshift Organization Unit), and the NASA led Fermi-Gamma-ray Observatory (in the Science Team already before launch, being the only institution in Spain that is member of the collaboration running such facility). From the ground, we have made significant contributions to experiments such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array (developing its complex scheduling system), the Dark Energy Survey (contributing to the DECam CCD, electronics, and Telescope guider), and are scientifically leading the CARMENES spectrograph. These are all but just a few examples. This web gives further details.
Come and visit us, we'll be glad to host you. And if you are a student or a young researcher interested in space sciences and wish to pursue a career in this field, consider becoming a member of our adventure.