The University of Lethbridge is the home of the
Astronomical Instrumentation Group, led by Dr.
David Naylor who has been with the university
since 1979. Dr. Naylor has achieved an excellent
international reputation in the subject of far-infrared
Fourier transform spectroscopy, the technique used
The University of Lethbridge Astronomical Instrumentation
Group has expertise in many different areas such
as optics, electronics, software development, mechanical
design, and project management.
Astronomical Instrumentation Group at the University of
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Canadian built test FTS in the SPIRE test facility.
In August 2003 the group
delivered a piece of test equipment to the SPIRE laboratory
in the UK. This test instrument was used for the first
time in February 2004 to qualify an early version of the
SPIRE instrument, and further tests are planned. In addition,
the University of Lethbridge writes software for three
key modules of the Interactive Analysis application.
Interactive Analysis will be the tool for astronomers
who want to use SPIRE. This computer program will allow
researchers to process the enormous amount of data collected
during observations, and transform the raw data into meaningful
results such as images and spectra.