Seeing measurement campaign in Saint-Véran
16 January 2016
A seeing measurement campaign is being operated by François Taris at Pic de Châteaurenard (3000 m), close to Saint-Véran. It started october 2014. These measurements aims at characterizing the site. In case of positive results, a robotic telescope will be set up there. The telescope will be dedicated to monitoring of quasars in the optical and follow-up of asteroids in the framework of celestial reference frame tie.
First MIGA atomic interferometry module from SYRTE delivered to LP2N
7 September 2015
The MIGA project aims at realizing of a novel infrastructure to study applied and fundamental aspects of gravity using matter wave and optical interferometry techniques in a single instrument. This infrastructure will allow for a deeper understanding of the Earth’s gravity field and serve as a test bench for future low frequency (0.1-10 Hz) terrestrial gravitational wave detectors based on atom interferometry. A milestone of the project was achieved in June 2015 by the successful delivery to (...)
The SYRTE department - Sytèmes de Référence Temps Espace - belong to Paris Observatory - PSL Research University and is also associated with the CNRS CNRS - National Research Center and University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6) - Sorbonne Universités
It is a leader in time and frequenciy metrology and is also specialized in Earth rotation, celestial reference frame and history of Astronomy.
SYRTE has a multidisciplinary research activity with transverse expertise in theory, instrumentation and data analysis and various goals from fundamental physics tests to industrial transfers.It is founder membre of Laboratoire d’Excellence du Programme Investissements d’Avenir FIRST-TF.
It has in charge several international services. Associated with the LNE - Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’Essais - the SYRTE has the responsability of the national reference time and frequence. With the IERS (International Earth Rotation Service), it deliver Earth rotation parameters and other services.
Its teams take part in training and education by giving university lectures and also spread scientific culture by organizing public talks.