Infrared space telescope SPICA has advanced to the final selection round for a medium class mission (M5) of the European Space Agency ESA. The SPICA consortium and ESA will now fully work out the proposal, which was submitted under SRON leadership in close collaboration with Japan (JAXA).Read more
AMOLF develops a magnet-free optical circulatorRead more
Circulators are important components in communication technology. Their unique way of routing light usually requires centimeter-sized magnets, which are difficult to miniaturize for use on optical chips. Researchers at AMOLF and the University of Texas have circumvented this problem with a vibrating glass ring that interacts with light.
On 12 April, the NWO executive board awarded funding to a total of 10 proposals in the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure, which total € 138 million. Minister for Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven presented the ten roadmap certificates at the Science Park in Utrecht. Two of the proposals awarded funding will be realised by the NWO institutes Nikhef, NIOZ and SRON. In addition, the Free Electron Laser HFML, a collaboration between Radboud University and NWO-I, has been awarded a grant.Read more