The work of the Optics Laboratory relates to optical systems –instruments or equipment based on the interaction of matter with light. The word 'optics' comes from the Greek for eye, but the Laboratory's testing extends beyond human vision, encompassing a wide range of electromagnetic radiation from thermal infrared to energetic ultraviolet wavelengths.
Many of the tests carried out by the Opto-Electronics Laboratory take place behind strictly sealed doors, safely out of human sight. This is due to its specialised area of interest: the Laboratory investigates devices that convert electrical signals into light and vice versa, and is particularly active in the testing and assessment of high-performance lasers.
The Laboratory covers environmental testing in the thermal and mechanical domain for small scale space equipment and payloads. Experimental verification is a very valuable way for verifying and tuning specific industrial designs during development phases.
|Life & Physical Sciences, Exploration and Life Support Laboratory Facilities
These laboratory facilities are focused on research associated with the placing of life into space, including life support and experimental biological payloads. They play a similar role for in-orbit physical science experiments. They are equipped to investigate and test a wide variety of relevant factors, down to the prolonged effects of low- or hyper-gravities.
ESA maintains a Europe-wide network of specialized laboratories supplementing the technical services and competence provided by the ESTEC laboratories and the ESTEC Test Centre.
Last update: 16 April 2013