National Research Council of Canada. Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
2015 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference (URSI AT-RASC), 2015-5-16 - 24, Gran Canaria, Spain
Radio telescopes striving for orders of magnitude more sensitivity in the cm-wave band require reflector antennas with high performance at low relative cost compared to conventional approaches. The Composite Applications for Radio Telescopes (CART) programme at the National Research Council's (NRC's) Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, near Penticton Canada has been investigating ways to build such telescopes since 2005. In 2010 a collaboration between NRC and the US-Technology Development Project (US TDP) was formed to develop a prototype 15m Gregorian offset antenna for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The telescope uses NRC's composite carbon fibre reflector technology to implement the highly optimized shaped optics design and innovative mechanical concepts developed by the US TDP. The result is Dish Verification Antenna-1 (DVA1), a next generation antenna that has exceptional sensitivity (> 9 m2/K), with low monotonically decreasing far out sidelobes (< −50 dB), and high stability over environmental conditions. As well, it is modular, highly reliable, and can be produced at competitive cost using mass production techniques.
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