2015

23

DIC

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, in which we work together on challenging projects for Science.

From all of us at FRACTAL S.L.N.E.

Our Christmas card here.

2015

19

AGO

Today FRACTAL is 10 years old!

We want to thank all our customers and partners their trust on our work and go on developing Engineering for Science.

2015

09

JUN

ESO Signs Technology Transfer Licence Agreement with FRACTAL S.L.N.E. for Cooling System

ESO has signed an agreement to license its cooling system technology to our company FRACTAL SLNE. Continuous flow cooling systems were first developed at ESO for the cooling of instruments and detectors for the Very Large Telescope (VLT). Continuous flow systems are more compact than traditional systems that use a bath of very cold liquid, but share the advantage of being vibration free. The continuous flow system allows the temperature within an instrument to be changed from room temperature to -193 degrees Celsius and is not affected by the loss of electrical power. As a result, the instrument can be kept very close to its operating temperature and the vacuum within the instrument can be retained. This agreement includes the licensing of the well-proven cryostats (which regulate the low temperatures) that are used to cool individual detectors from room temperature down to -193 degrees Celsius and the more sophisticated version that is used for the cooling of the ultra-stable detectors used in more sensitive measurements. More information can be found on ESO press release The image by ESO shows the MUSE instrument on the VLT: equipped with 24 continuous flow cooling systems (Credit: ESO)

2015

29

ABR

FRACTAL participates in OCTOCAM Feasibility Study for Gemini

FRACTAL participates under contract with IAA in the feasibility study of OCTOCAM for Gemini telescope. The OCTOCAM study is being led by Antonio de Ugarte Postigo and managed by Pete Roming and Christina Thöne. The project is being coordinated from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), with main collaborators at the Southwest Research Institute, Fractal SLNE, and George Washington University. The complete information is on Gemini webpage

2015

27

ABR

Course on Project Management at UPV

María Luisa García Vargas (FRACTAL S.L.N.E) has imparted in Bilbao a course on Project Management in the Master en Ciencia y Tecnología Espacial in April 2015

2015

21

ABR

Course on Optical systems design and Adaptive Optics at UPV

Nicholas Devaney (collaborator of FRACTAL S.L.N.E) has imparted in Bilbao a course on Optical systems design and adaptive optics in the Master en Ciencia y Tecnología Espacial in April 2015

2015

30

MAR

ESA contract with NUIG group in Galway

The NUIG research group in Galway lead by Dr. Nicholas Devaney has won a contract from the European Space Agency to develop new ways to correct visual errors in orbiting space telescopes. Congratulations Nicholas! The complete information can be found here

2015

13

MAR

Course on Opto-mechanics and cryogenics

Manuel Maldonado Medina (FRACTAL S.L.N.E) has imparted in Bilbao a course on opto-mechanics and cryogenics in the Master en Ciencia y Tecnología Espacial in March 2015

2015

12

MAR

Master of Space Science and Technology 2014 / 2015

FRACTAL participates in the Master of Space Science and Technology of Universidad del País Vasco (Bilbao) by imparting the courses on Project Management and Optics design and Adaptive Optics. The courses will be imparted in Bilbao (Spain) along March and April 2015.

2015

02

MAR

Participation in the international conference "Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys and Wide Fields"

Some members of FRACTAL participate in the international conference "Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys and Wide Fields", to be held in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands from 2nd to 6th March 2015". The conference is organized by Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, one of FRACTAL's customers. Click here to access conference information.

2015

25

FEB

Preparation for MEGARA Acceptance

FRACTAL participates in the meeting review "Preparation for MEGARA Acceptance", organized by the group in the Astrophysics department of the Physics faculty at UCM. The meeting will be held in UCM from 25th to 27th February 2015". FRACTAL is working for UCM and for IAA in the MEGARA development in the areas of Management, System Engineering, Spectrograph, Optical Fibers, Detector characterization and Software. MEGARA will be the next IFU and MOS spectrograph for the GTC 10-m telescope

2014

23

DIC

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Dear friends and colleagues: We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015 in which your dreams and projects come true

2013

14

ENE

Sliced Pupil Grating published in SPIE NEwsroom

SPIE NEwsroom has published our paper on "Sliced Pupil Grating: a compact solution for increased spectral resolution", resulting from a collaborative work between FRACTAL and UCM to design and develop a functional SPG prototype. Our results show how these devices increase the spectral resolution up to a factor of x4, without changing the overall instrument geometry, being an innovative solution for combining several spectral resolution regimes in compact spectrographs.
Reference: 14 January 2013, SPIE Newsroom.
DOI: 10.1117/2.1201301.004565.
Click here to read this paper on-line.

2012

23

DIC

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013

FRACTAL team wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year 2013

2012

25

NOV

FRACTAL in SPIE Optical Systems Design 2012

FRACTAL participates in SPIE Optical Systems Design 2012 , an important conference that covers optical systems and related technology advancements. This event will take place in Barcelona next 26 to 29 of November, 2012. FRACTAL presents one oral contribution and participates in the exhibition.

2012

30

JUN

SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2012

FRACTAL participates in SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2012 , an important conference that covers telescopes and systems and technology advancements. This event will take place in Amsterdam next 1 to 6 of July, 2012. FRACTAL presents several contributions.

2012

26

JUN

SKA: A Green Gaze at the Sky

IAA leads VIA-SKA project. VIA-SKA promotes the Spanish participation in SKA . Dr. Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro, VIA-SKA Principal Investigator explains it on the article A Green Gaze at the Sky .

2012

15

JUN

SEA Scientific Meeting 2012

FRACTAL participates and is official sponsor of the conference Highlights of Astronomy and Astrophysics, X Scientific Meeting of the Spanish Astronomical Society, SEA. The conference will take place in Valencia next 9 to 13 of July, 2012.

2012

02

JUN

FRACTAL at IScAI 2012: Management

FRACTAL has imparted the Management course in the IScAI,International School for Advanced Instrumentation, held at IAC (Tenerife), 29May- 2June 2012.

2012

25

MAY

FRACTAL at IScAI 2012: Mechanics

FRACTAL has imparted the Mechanics course in the IScAI,International School for Advanced Instrumentation, held at IAC (Tenerife), 21-25 of May 2012.

2012

03

MAY

Course on Scientific Imaging in the visible and near-infrared

FRACTAL organizes a course on Scientific Imaging in the visible and near-infrared, to be held on 20, 21 and 22 June 2012 in Madrid. The course has a duration of 18 hours. Detailed information can be found here. The brochure can also be downloaded.

2012

26

MAR

Master of Space Science and Technology 2012

FRACTAL participates in the Master of Space Science and Technology of Universidad del País Vasco (Bilbao) by imparting the courses on Project Management and Optics design and Adaptive Optics. The courses will be imparted in Bilbao (Spain) along March and April 2012.

2011

01

FEB

FRACTAL in the MITTechnology Review for Science Industry

FRACTAL was selected to participate in the MIT review paper of "New Technologies in Spain" within the chapter of Science Industry. More information here . You can download the electronic version here.

2010

24

DIC

Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year 2011. With our best wishes FRACTAL Team

2009

16

DIC

FRACTAL participates as a SECPhO associated member in its first Optics and Photonics Fair, in Terrasa.

FRACTAL participates in the first exhibition-meeting of SECPhO cluster in Optics and Photonics.

This event took place at Parque Audiovisual de Cataluña (Terrassa), with the attendance of many companies, universities and R+D Centers. During the internal SECPhO meeting, the cluster's present and future was discussed. One of the main goals of the cluster is to increase the international visibility by promoting the cluster's presence in different European meetings in Optics and Photonics. FRACTAL is member of SECPhO since August 2009 and participated in this exhibition with a stand.

2009

15

NOV

FRACTAL in collaboration with the UCM Astrophysics Group has built a high resolution diffraction grating.

FRACTAL, in collaboration with the Astrophysics Department of the University Complutense of Madrid, has designed and is already building a prototype for a high resolution grating base on segmenting the pupil and the recovering the image on detector. This novel method will allow us to get high spectral resolution where this was not possible before. In particular this method can be applied to Littrow-instruments to increase the resolution, to Space instruments, due to the compactness of these elements and to existing and new instruments in large Ground-based telescopes. This project has been partially funded by the Aerospatial Plan of the Madrid Local Government (Exp: 22/2009 AEROESPACIAL 2009, Reference: 04-AEC0913-000022/2009).

2009

31

OCT

FRACTAL participates in the Máster Universitario en Ciencia yTecnología Espacial of the Universidad del País Vasco.

FRACTAL participates in the first edition of the Spatial Science and Technology Master, Máster Universitario de Ciencia y Tecnología, of the University of País Vasco, by imparting the courses on Optical Systems Design and Adaptive Optics and Management. The classes will be held in Bilbao during March and April 2010. All the information about this Master can be found here .

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