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UCB Astronomy Labs


Radio Astronomy Lab

The Radio Astronomy Laboratory is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) within the Astronomy Department.  The Radio Astronomy Lab is involved with many instruments and projects including the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA) and the Precision Array Probing the Epoch of Reionization (PAPER).

Space Sciences Lab

The Space Sciences Laboratory aims to stimulate faculty and student participation in space research by supporting interdisciplinary research in the physical, biological, engineering, and social sciences.  The lab has been and continues to be involved with projects like Cassini Ion and Natural Mass Spectrometer (INMS) and the Supernova Acceleration Probe (SNAP) as well as many, many others.   The Laboratory is located in a wooded site with a view of the bay which is one of the most beautiful on the Berkeley campus. 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) has been a leader in science and engineering research for more than 70 years. Located on a 200 acre site in the hills above the University of California's Berkeley campus,  LBL operates with an annual budget of more than $500 million (FY2004) and a staff of about 3,800 employees, including more than 500 students.

Berkeley Lab conducts unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines with key efforts in fundamental studies of the universe; quantitative biology; nanoscience; new energy systems and environmental solutions; and the use of integrated computing as a tool for discovery.  Founded on the belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise working together, LBL has yielded rich dividends in basic knowledge and applied technology, and a profusion of awards.  Today there are 10 Nobel Laureates associated with LBL.

Bloom Optical Lab

Prof. Bloom's lab, on the second floor of Evans Hall, was constructed in summer 2005 with startup funds. In the following months, student Onsi Fakhouri and Bloom designed and built a next-generation 10 micron all-sky imager which is now deployed and taking meteorology data at  Mt. Hopkins Observatory. In the Fall of 2005, they built the first parallelized  Mac OS computing cluster in the Astronomy Department,  now with over 15 active users (from undergraduates to professors).  In the Summer of 2006, the lab housed several undergraduates doing research projects in Bloom's group using a prototype of a distributed Mac OS network.  In the Winter of 2006-2007, Bloom & Townes fellow Nat Butler will build a prototype optical camera using a new multi-color detector technology.

Undergraduate Astronomy Lab

The Undergraduate Astro Lab is located in 705 Campbell Hall.  It offers computer resources for Astronomy students and operates the telescopes on the roof of Campbell Hall and at Leuschner Observatory.