The Astrophysical Research Laboratory (ARL)
Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy
University of Colorado
August 11, 2004

ARL is located in the University of Colorado’s Research Park on the East Campus, about a mile from the center of the main campus. It is a single storey building situated in the wetlands of Boulder Creek and has free and plentiful parking for its users. With a total of about 35,000 square feet it includes laboratories dedicated to space astronomy and offices for the scientists, engineers and students who work on the projects.

The building was constructed in 1985, and renovated for astronomy in 1995 when CASA moved in. In August 2004, CASA completed a new office wing to ARL designed to support the additional needs for data analysis when the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph is installed on the Hubble Space Telescope. The building is wired for high speed communications and computing. CASA’s staff provides support for computer needs in both the laboratories and the offices.

Features of ARL include:

ARL, although less than ten years old, already has an extensive history in support of astronomical instrumentation. It has been used in support of: