The ELECTRONICS group is involved in the technical development of ground-based and space-borne facilities for the research in astrophysics. Our main contributions concern the fields of radioastronomy and solar system exploration:
- spectrometer of the HIFI instrument mounted on the Herschel satellite of the ESA,
- digitization and correlator systems of the ALMA interferometer,
- ChemCam instrument mounted on the Mars exploration rover Curiosity of the NASA,
- Wisdom ground-penetrating radar for ESA Exomars mission,
- SuperCam instrument for the NASA Mars 2020 mission,
- digitization system for the giant radio telescope SKA.
These programs are supported by major national or supranational bodies (CNES, ESA, NASA, ESO, etc.) and are often conducted in the frame of national collaborations (IRAM, IRAP, LESIA, LATMOS, station de radioastronomie de Nançay, etc.) or international collaborations (ASTRON, LANL, NRAO, etc.).
The team welcomes students from various courses (BTS, IUT, LMD, engineering school, doctoral student) throughout the year to contribute to the design, testing and validation activities. The team also contributes to teaching tasks in IUT and engineering school.
The projects in which the team was involved in are detailed below:
- MSL ChemCam
- Exomars Wisdom
- Mars 2020 SuperCam
Our expertise spans a wide range of the electronic domain, including hardware, firmware and softawre:
- design of microwave circuits in planar technology up to 20 GHz,
- design of mixed analog and digital ASIC,
- design of high-density electronic cards (electromagnetic simulation, schematic and routing),
- test-bench development for ASIC or commercial components evaluation/characterization,
- FPGA and microcontroller programming,
- embedded system design,
- mathematical modeling for digital signal processing (DSP),
- graphical user interface (GUI) and firmware/software design for control-monitoring or DSP.