(May, 2016) Chalmers University in Sweden has recently delivered a new feed horn design for the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope to eventually be built in South Africa and Australia.
The new feed horn incorporates low noise technology based on nanotechnology that does not require special low-temperature cooling.
The feed horn was designed to cover 350 to 1050 MHz, the longest wavelengths that SKA’s dish antennas will be designed for. It will be installed on 133 15-meter dish antennas at the SKA’s South Africa’s Karoo Desert.
Intensive work is underway worldwide to develop and test the telescope’s components. SKA will eventually be able to make measurements which surpass all of today’s radio telescopes.
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