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Path length errors of VLBI antennas
Author(s): Hans J. Kaercher; Eberhard Sust; Peter Emde; Jürgen Kühn
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Paper Abstract

The performance of single dish radio antennas or telescopes is depending on the surface accuracy of the reflectors in the beam path and the focus/pointing errors induced by deviations/misalignment of the reflectors from a desired direction. For multiple dish VLBI arrays an additional mechanical effect, the path length stability, is a further source of performance degradation. For application at higher frequencies environmental influences as wind and temperature have to be considered additionally to the usually required manufacturing and alignment accuracies. Active measurement ("metrology") of the antenna deformations and their compensation by "active optics" (AO) respectively "flexible body compensation" (FBC) are established methods. For the path length errors AO or FBC are up to now not established methods. The paper describes how to handle the path length errors and the related metrology analogues to the established methods used for surface and focus/pointing error corrections.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77333S (6 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856030
Show Author Affiliations
Hans J. Kaercher, MT Mechatronics GmbH (Germany)
Eberhard Sust, MT Mechatronics GmbH (Germany)
Peter Emde, MT Mechatronics GmbH (Germany)
Jürgen Kühn, MT Mechatronics GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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