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The square kilometre array
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The Square Kilometre Array is intended to be the next-generation radio wavelength observatory. With a Key Science program addressing fundamental physics, astronomy, and astrobiology, the SKA will have a collecting area of up to one million square metres spread over at least 3000 km, providing a sensitivity 50 times higher than the Expanded Very Large Array, and an instantaneous field of view (FoV) of at least several tens of square degrees and possibly 250 square degrees. In this paper, we describe the main features of the SKA, paying attention to the design activities around the world, and outline plans for the final design and phased implementation of the telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 773318 (28 July 2010);
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Richard T. Schilizzi, The Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Peter E. F. Dewdney, The Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
T. Joseph W. Lazio, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
The Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)

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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