Space Research & Planetary Sciences Division Web Site

Welcome to the web site of the Planetary Imaging Group


The Planetary Imaging Group (PIG), led by Prof. Nicolas Thomas, is part of the Space Research and Planetary Sciences Division of the Physikalishes Intitut at the University of Bern. The Planetary Imaging Group focuses on the interaction of light with the surfaces of solar system bodies and particularly on the physics of dynamic phenomena involving ices and volatiles species.


Our group is funded through the Kanton of Bern, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Center for Space and Habitability and the Swiss Space Office via the PRODEX mechanism of the European Space Agency.

Our academic partners include

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Institut für Planetenforschung, Berlin-Adlershof, Germany

Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Göttingen, Germany

Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Granada, Spain

INAF National Institute for Astrophysics, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy

Space Research Center, Warsaw, Poland

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Planetary Sciences Institute, St. George, Utah, USA

National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

National Central University, Taiwan

... and many others.

Our local industrial partners include

RUAG Space Switzerland, Zurich

Syderal AG, Gals

Fisba Optik, St. Gallen

SWSTech, Dübendorf

Thin Film Physics, Regensdorf

Almatech, Lausanne

Connova AG, Villmergen

Montena emc, Rossens

Wavelab Engineering AG, Lätti

Space Research & Planetary Sciences Division Web Site