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e-MERLIN
Author(s): Simon T. Garrington; B. Anderson; C. Baines; J. A. Battilana; Mike N. Bentley; D. Brown; P. Burgess; Philip J. Diamond; G. J. Kitching; Roshene McCool; T. W.B. Muxlow; R. G. Noble; Neil Roddis; R. E. Spencer; P. Thomasson
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Paper Abstract

e-MERLIN is an upgrade to the MERLIN array of seven radio telescopes spread across England, which will increase its sensitivity by more than a factor or 30. The combination of μJy sensitivity with the 50-mas resolution already provided by the long baselines of MERLIN, will open new avenues of research for e-MERLIN. The huge increase in bandwidth is achieved by replacing the exiting microwave links with new optical fibre connections. To collect and correlate this wide bandwidth, new receivers, IF and sampling equipment, digital and optical transmission equipment and a new wideband correlator are being designed and constructed. This paper summarises the design goals, scientific objectives and implementation of e-MERLIN.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.553235
Show Author Affiliations
Simon T. Garrington, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
B. Anderson, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
C. Baines, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
J. A. Battilana, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Mike N. Bentley, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
D. Brown, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
P. Burgess, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Philip J. Diamond, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
G. J. Kitching, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Roshene McCool, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
T. W.B. Muxlow, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
R. G. Noble, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Neil Roddis, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
R. E. Spencer, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
P. Thomasson, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5489:
Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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