Solving the primeval dust puzzle

SRON researcher Elisa Costantini will receive a Vidi grant from Dutch science financier NWO. Costantini and her team will study the primaeval dust in the interstellar medium to shed new light on for instance star formation and the formation of planets. With the grant, which will add up to a maximum of 800.000 euros, Costantini will be able to set up her own new research line.         More

Willem Jellema defends thesis on optical performance HIFI

On Friday, May 1, SRON researcher Willem Jellema will defends his PhD thesis at the University of Groningen. In his thesis Optical Design and Performance Verification of Herschel-HIFI  Jellema treats the verification, description and calibration of the optical performance of the Dutch molecule hunter HIFI, one of the three instruments aboard the Herschel Space Telescope (ESA, 2009-2013). Jellema was responsible for several breakthroughs in this area.        Read more (in dutch)

SRON present at Hannover Messe 2015

In cooperation with other NWO institutes SRON will be present at the technology fair Hannover Messe 2015, which takes place 13-17 April. The NWO stand is part of the Holland High Tech House, together with a stand from the Dutch space sector (NL Space). At both stands SRON will show demonstration models of space technology.        Read more (in dutch)

Financial support for museum and observatory Sonnenborgh

Sonnenborgh – museum & observatory receives a one time financial injection for a healthy future. The municipality of Utrecht, University of Utrecht, K.F. Hein Fonds Monumenten and the Stichting Vrienden van Sonnenborgh have decided this. The support amounts to almost €400.000.         Read more (in dutch)

Millions for intermediate black holes and revolutionary redshift instrument

The European Research Council has awarded SRON researchers Jochem Baselmans (2,4 million euros) and Peter Jonker (2 million euros) prestigious research grants. Jonker will chase intermediate-mass black holes to find out if they really exist. Baselmans will develop a ground-breaking instrument to measure the redshift of so called submillimeter galaxies, distant galaxies that are responsible for the cosmic infrared background radiation.         More


Monitoring the earth environment

Envisat is an ESA satellite, devoted to environmental studies, notably in the areas of atmospheric chemistry and ocean, ice and landsurface studies. Succesfully launched 1st March 2002, it is the largest Earth Observation spacecraft ever built. It carries ten sophisticated optical and radar instruments to provide continuous observation and monitoring of the Earth's land, atmosphere, oceans and ice caps. Envisat data collectively provide a wealth of information on the workings of the Earth system, including insights into factors contributing to climate change.

SCIAMACHY, as one of the instruments on board of Envisat, is a UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer designed to detect a large number of trace gases in the stratosphere and troposphere relevant to ozone chemistry and global warming. Furthermore, SCIAMACHY will collect data on cloud coverage, aerosol and ground reflection. High accuracy and stability will enable the recordings of minimal, longer-term changes in atmospheric gas concentrations. Sciamachy will provide continuation of the data record started with the GOME instrument on ERS-2, with better accuracy and with more atmospheric trace-gas species.

SRON designed, constructed and tested the detector modules of the SCIAMACHY instrument.