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Bernhard Brandl

Professor of Infrared astronomy

Prof.dr. B.R. Brandl
+31 71 527 5830

Bernhard Brandl's research focuses on two main areas: starbursts and instrumentation. He is interested in new instrument concepts, near- and mid-IR instruments, adaptive optics, properties of starbust galaxies and infrared spectroscopy. Currently, he is the principal investigator of the METIS instrument for the E-ELT.

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Bernhard Brandl is a Full Professor at the University of Leiden and the TU Delft (part-time). He is the principal investigator of the METIS instrument, an imager and spectrograph, for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The unique design makes it possible to use the instrument for imaging, coronagraphy, medium-resolution spectroscopy for the full wavelength range (3-19 microns) and high-resolution spectroscopy for the L and M bands (3-5 microns). He is also the co-principal investigator of MIRI, the mid-infrared instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope. 

Brandl is a member of the KINGFISH project as well. KINGFISH is a Herschel imaging and spectroscopic survey of 61 nearby (d < 30 Mpc) galaxies, chosen to cover a wide range of galaxy properties and local interstellar medium (ISM) environments. The goal of the project is characterize the ISM of present-day galaxies, the heating and cooling of their gaseous and dust components, and to better understand the physical processes linking star formation and the ISM.  

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Professor of Infrared astronomy

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Work address

Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Room number BW3.43




  • TU Delft, faculty of Aerospace Engineering part-time appointment as Hooglerar [0.05 FTE]
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