Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa


The Laboratório de Sistemas, Instrumentação e Modelação em Ciências e Tecnologias do Ambiente e do Espaço (SIM) includes, as a main research effort,  the development of cutting edge scientific instrumentation and computing for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and to the European Space Agency (ESA).

The instrument development team has planned, designed in detail, integrated and tested the different components of Infrared High resolution Cameras, spectrometers and interferometers. The studies carried out by the SIM research team include the opto-mechanical, cryogenic and image acquisition systems including detailed 3D design, radiation budget studies and supervision of the manufacturing of high precision mechanical components.


The SIM research facilities include optics, cryogenic and integration laboratories as well as a small mechanical integration workshop. Our testing equipment includes a surface quality measurement interferometer, a cryogenic camera as well as vacuum equipment. The SIM laboratories are located at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa.

The SIM instrumentation group staff includes presently 5 researchers and two engineers. Several students are usually collaboration in the group as part of their master or PhD studies.  The responsible is Antonio Amorim. Main researchers are Jorge Lima
and Pedro Carvas.

The main achievements of the group include: The full design manufacturing, integration and testing of the CAMCAO High-resolution camera for ESO; The design of beam injection and interferometric calibration systems for the ESO VLTI; The design of the beam acquisition camera and control loop studies for the GRAVITY (ESO) instrument; The design and developed a new schema for the CLOUD (CERN) UV light illumination system based on fibre bunches. The team has also a long experience on the development of data acquisition systems (ATLAS and CLOUD for CERN) and data processing and management frameworks GAIA (ESA).

The main objectives of the group include to become deeply engaged in the development of instrumentation for space (ESA) as well as to continue our participation on the instrument development for ESO  (2nd generation instruments for the VLT interferometer for ESO ) and climate change research instruments like CLOUD (CERN).