Oliver Pfuhl

Hi, I am an optical engineer and researcher working for the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany.

My current work focuses on  instrumentation for large telescopes. I am currently working on astrophotonics and fiber-fed spectrographs.

In my previous position at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, I have been a core member of Reinhard Genzels team (Nobel laureate in physics 2020). I studied the supermassive black hole at the center of our Galaxy and the general relativistic effects on stars in its immideate vicinity. I have also played a leading role in the design, assembly, integration and commissioning of the 2nd generation VLTI instrument GRAVITY, a key instrument for the Galactic Center observations.

Plenary talk at the IAU General Assembly, Vienna 2018


I received two awards for my work on instrumentation:

 MERAC prize 2016