Instrumentation R&D


Protodune DP

Neutrinos Group

The neutrino group has also been involved in the design and construction of the protoDUNE-DP detector at CERN, which explored the possibility to use a liquid argon dual-phase time projection chamber as far detector for DUNE.



Guiding, Focusing & Alignment Cameras for DESI

Observational Cosmology Group

The Guiding, Focusing and Alignment system (GFA) is made up of 10 cameras, each of them installed in one of the focal plane petals of the instrument which, and as its name indicates, are in charge of focusing, guiding and aligning the telescope so that the robotic positioners can collect the light from the galaxies under optimum conditions.




Observational Cosmology Group

IFAE led the construction of the innovative PAU astronomical camera, PAUCam, that operates as a Visitor’s Instrument at the prime focus of the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) in the Canary Island of La Palma. The distinctive feature of PAUS is the ability to measure redshift of galaxies by photometric methods, with roughly an order of magnitude higher accuracy than that provided by other past and existing photometric surveys.


Dark Energy Camera (DECam)

Observational Cosmology Group

The Dark Energy Camera (DECam) is mounted on the Victor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in the Chilean Andes. IFAE led the development and production of the read-out electronics for the DECam, the leading astronomical camera at the time (2012).

ITk modules


3D silicon pixel sensors for ATLAS

Collider Physics Group

IFAE in collaboration with CNM led the development of the ultra-radiation-hard 3D silicon pixel sensors for ATLAS. IFAE provided 3D sensors for the innermost pixel layer (IBL) and constructed the first stations for the ATLAS Forward Protons (AFP) tracking system.

CMOS Monolithic Devices

Medical Physics Group

HV-CMOS sensors are being investigated for medical applications at IFAE. In particular, for single photon detection, with the aim to overcome the shortcomings of present technologies in terms of detection efficiency, time resolution, design geometry and cost effectiveness.