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The Green Bank Telescope: current status and early results
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Paper Abstract

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the world's largest fully steerable telescope, is now undergoing commissioning and early scientific operation. The GBT has many innovative design features that advance imaging quality, sensitivity, and versatility. These include an unblocked aperture, an active surface, and a six-degree of freedom Gregorian subreflector. The GBT has an advanced laser rangefinder metrology system, which will measure the position of the active surface panels, and also guide the precision pointing of the telescope. Early commissioning results have confirmed the performance of the telescope, and exciting scientific discoveries are already being made. This paper describes the various features of the telescope in more detail, and presents the latest results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (4 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.456793
Show Author Affiliations
Richard M. Prestage, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Ronald J. Maddalena, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4837:
Large Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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