Instruments

The next generation submillimeter survey telescope, CCAT, is a joint project of a Canadian university consortium (CATC) led by the University of Waterloo, and partners at Cornell University, University of Cologne, and the University of Bonn. A pathfinder to CCAT (CCAT-prime or CCAT-p) is in the early stages of construction now and is expected to be completed in 2021. CCAT-p will be an extremely wide-field telescope that will make huge contributions to a variety of areas in fundamental physics and cosmology.

The SCUBA-2 camera installed on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT, shown on left) is the most powerful submillimeter camera in the world. A wide-field, very sensitive dual wavelength camera (450 and 850 microns), SCUBA-2 is being used for several large surveys and for a wide variety of other "PI" science projects. The University of Waterloo was the co-lead (with scientists at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh) of the SCUBA-2 project.

The Herschel Space Observatory recently completed almost four years of observation of the submillimeter universe. With the largest telescope every placed into space and three very sensitive instruments, Herschel has made giant advances in many areas in astronomy. The University of Waterloo led the Canadian efforts on the HIFI instrument - the high spectral resolution spectrometer used to study molecules in dense clouds in the Universe.