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Paper: Focal Plane Array Systems - the Future of Radio Astronomy
Volume: 438, The Dynamic Interstellar Medium: A Celebration of the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey
Page: 435
Authors: Willis, A. G.; Veidt, B.; Gray, A. D.
Abstract: The majority of the articles in this volume celebrate the success of the DRAO ST and its use over past 15 years as the primary instrument for the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey (CGPS, Taylor et al. 2003). However, imagine how much more successful the DRAO ST and the CGPS might have been if the telescope could have observed the sky at a rate 25 to 30 times faster! This is the promise of focal plane array systems for aperture synthesis telescopes. Here we discuss some of the properties of one type of focal plane array, the phased array feed system, and how it might be used in a future radio telescope such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
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