The "mechanics" service assists the realisation of new instruments from their conception to their actual delivery. Mechanical aspects can be critical and must be considered carefully to enable the design performance to be achieved, for instance to ensure stable optical paths. The service covers micro-mechanics, cryo-mechanics, up to the conception and sizing of large structures such as that of VLT/SPHERE. The service manufactures in house or takes charge of following, testing, assembling, integrating subcontracted elements.

Head of the service : Eric Stadler