CSIRO's ASKAP Radio Telescope

CSIRO's new ASKAP antennas at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Credit: CSIRO

ASKAP is designed to be a high speed survey instrument with high dynamic range. This requires an extremely wide field-of-view interferometer with Phased Array Feeds (PAFs). The PAF has a total of 188 elements, 94 in each of two polarizations.

The specification for ASKAP is:

  • A total collecting area of approximately 4,000 square metres, from 36 antennas each 12 metres in diameter
  • System temperature less than 50 K
  • Frequency range from 700 MHz to 1.8 GHz
  • 300 MHz instantaneous bandwidth
  • 36 independent beams, each of about 1 square degree, yield overlapping to a 30 square degree field-of-view at 1.4 GHz
  • Maximum baseline of approximately 6 km
  • Full cross-correlation of all antennas
  • Possible remote array station capability located in NSW, approximately 3,000 km from the core site.

Early science results with ASKAP

ASKAP Commissioning Update

Our monthly ASKAP Commissioning Update details the latest commissioning activites and results

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Latest News

People standing in a control room. Australian researchers develop ultra-accurate SKA synchronisation tech
July 2016: Astronomical Verification trials of a critical SKA sub-system developed by Australian researchers have shown the frequency synchronisation technology to perform between 10 and 100 times better than the requirement for the SKA telescope.
ASKAP2016 banner. ASKAP2016: "the future is now!"
June 2016: The ASKAP2016 conference has brought together the user community to plan key aspects of the Early Science program, share cutting-edge results and discuss future strategies for observing and data sharing.
Close up of a radio receiver. Bird of paradise constellation sings a sweet song for ASKAP
April 2016: The first ever 36-beam image has been produced during phased array feed (PAF) commissioning activities for CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope.

 

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