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THE SUBMILLIMETER ARRAY: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE PLAN

  • OHASHI NAGAYOSHI (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics)
  • Published : 2005.06.01

Abstract

The Submillimeter Array (SMA), a collaborative project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics (ASIAA), has begun operation on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. A total of eight 6-m radio telescopes comprise the array with currently working receiver bands at 230, 345, and 690 GHz. The array will have 8 receiver bands covering the frequency range of 180-900 GHz. The backend is flexible analog-digital correlator with a full bandwidth of 2GHz, which is very powerful to cover several line emissions simultaneously. The current status and future plans of the SMA are described with emphasis on Taiwanese efforts.

Keywords

instrumentation;interferometers;submillimeter;telescopes

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