Research infrastructure

Physics and engineering sciences

Research infrastructure

Physics and engineering sciences

E-ELT – Extremely Large Telescope

European Extremely Large Telescope, E-ELT, has been developed by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), where Sweden is one of the member countries. 

The telescope is being constructed in Chile, and will be the world’s largest optical/infrared telescope, with a mirror diameter of 39 metres and will gather 13 times more light than today’s largest optical telescopes.

The potential of the telescope is entirely dependent on the instruments it will be equipped with, and the opportunities for Swedish researchers to be at the leading edge of early ground-breaking research is to a large extent dependent on their participation in the design of the instruments. As the instruments required are incredibly complex, major international consortiums are needed to develop them.

Swedish researchers are currently involved in two of the five instruments that will be installed during the first phase of E-ELT, MOSAIC and HIRES.

PubliSHED ON 12 October 2018

UpDATED ON 19 November 2019

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This infrastructure is funded by the Swedish Research Council.