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New spectral line multibeam correlator system for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Author(s): Gary J. Hovey; Thomas A. Burgess; Ronald V. Casorso; William R. F. Dent; Peter E. Dewdney; Brian Force; John F. Lightfoot; Anthony G. Willis; Keith K. Yeung
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Paper Abstract

A new Auto-Correlation Spectral Imaging System (ACSIS) for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) is being developed at the National Research Council of Canada, in collaboration with the Joint Astronomy Centre and the United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre. The system is capable of computing the integrated power-spectra over 1-GHz bandwidths for up to 32 receiver beams every 50 ms. An innovative, multiprocessor computer will produce calibrated, gridded, 3-D data cubes so that they can be viewed in real-time and are in hand when an observation is over. When connected to arrays of receivers at the Nasmyth focus of the telescope, the system will be able to rapidly make large-scale images with high spectral resolution and map multiple transitions. The ACSIS system will be mated initially with the multibeam 350-GHz receiver system. Heterodyne ARray Program (HARP), under development at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge, England. In this paper we describe ACSIS, how it is designed and the results of key performance tests made.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4015, Radio Telescopes, (3 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390404
Show Author Affiliations
Gary J. Hovey, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Thomas A. Burgess, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Ronald V. Casorso, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
William R. F. Dent, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Peter E. Dewdney, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Brian Force, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United States)
John F. Lightfoot, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Anthony G. Willis, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Keith K. Yeung, National Research Council Canada (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4015:
Radio Telescopes
Harvey R. Butcher, Editor(s)

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