ASI: Reaching the Unmeasurable
Andes Scientific Instruments (ASI) is a Research & Development Unit of DICTUC, the company created by the School of Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Catolica, in Santiago, Chile, to transfer their technology development to the society. We are focused on applying engineering technologies to the development of innovative instruments, to sense the world that surrounds us.
Mining is a huge industry in Chile. We are the largest producer of Copper in the world. ASI is committed to develop sophisticated instruments for measuring the most difficult variables that impact productivity in this industry.
ASI grew from the astronomical world, so we honor our roots by developing what we know best: electronics and cryogenic detector systems for astronomical instruments.
Our home institution is very strong in biological sciences. We are contributing to the Life Sciences field by developing opto-electro-mechanical devices for research and diagnostics.
POLLUX CCD Camera
Run any astronomical CCD with closed-cycle cryocooling.
POLLUX is our generic CCD camera for astronomy. It can accommodate any scientific CCD up to 100 mm on a side. Mounting a custom CCD comes at no additional cost.
Available in 2018
Read any astronomical detector at its best performance
The Andes Controller is a CCD (soon NIR) detector readout system built around FPGA and modern electronics. It is completely configurable and flexible, using Linux/Python software.
Accepting orders in December 2017.
CANOPUS NIR Chamber:
Run any Near Infrared detector at 80K
CANOPUS is our cryogenic camera for NIR astronomy. It includes a cold stop, filter wheel and Molybdenum (or similar) plate for running a NIR detector at 80K.