About Advanced Technology Center

Brief history

ATC was founded in 1993 to provide the platform much needed for the development of the focal plane and first-generation adaptive optics instruments for the Subaru Telescope. This is followed by the successful development of the solar optical telescope aboard Hinode satellite (with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation). The need to restructure the ATC intro a state-of-the-art research center had been recognized by people inside and outside ATC as well as senior NAOJ management personnel. A new ATC was inaugurated in 2005 with a declared mission statement to pursue advanced instrument development. A major decision associated with this restructuring is that the new ATC is joined by excellent staff scientists from the ALMA receiver development group. The reorganization is essentially driven by the needs to reform the ATC from a passive platform into an active organization for the most advanced instrumentation in response to rapid growth in astronomy.

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