FAST in Space: Considerations for a Multibeam, Multipurpose Survey Using China's 500-m Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST)

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Li, Di; Wang, Pei; Qian, Lei; Krco, Marko; Peng, Jiang; Yue, Y.L.; Chenjin, Jin; Zhu, Yan; Pan, Zhi-Chen; Nan, Rendong; Dunning, Alex


2018-04-06


Journal Article


IEEE Microwave Magazine


19


3


112-119


Having achieved "first light" immediately prior to the ceremony introducing it on 25 September 2016, China's 500-m aperture spherical radio telescope (FAST) is now being kept busy with commissions. Its innovative design requires ~1,000 points to be measured and driven instead of just the two axes of motion, e.g., azimuth and elevation for most conventional antennas, to realize pointing and tracking. We have devised a survey plan to exploit the full sensitivity of FAST, while minimizing the complexities involved during system operation. The 19-beam L-band focal plan array will be rotated to specific angles and receive continuous data streams, while the surface shape and the focal cabin stay fixed. Such a survey will cover the northern sky in about 220 full days. Our aim is to obtain data simultaneously for pulsar search, detection of neutral hydrogen (HI) galaxies, HI imaging, and radio transients through multiple back ends. These data sets could represent a significant contribution to all related fields in radio astronomy and remain relevant for decades.


IEEE


L-band, imaging, measurement by laser beam, sensitivity, extraterrestrial measurements, apertures, complexity theory


Astronomical and Space Instrumentation


https://doi.org/10.1109/MMM.2018.2802178


EP183875


Journal article - Refereed


English


15273342


Li, Di; Wang, Pei; Qian, Lei; Krco, Marko; Peng, Jiang; Yue, Y.L.; Chenjin, Jin; Zhu, Yan; Pan, Zhi-Chen; Nan, Rendong; Dunning, Alex. FAST in Space: Considerations for a Multibeam, Multipurpose Survey Using China's 500-m Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST). IEEE Microwave Magazine. 2018; 19(3):112-119. https://doi.org/10.1109/MMM.2018.2802178



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