India part of next-gen radio telescope project in Australia

Perth: In a joint project involving India, Australia and the US, a next-generation radio telescope is being built in western Australia to study the early Universe, Sun and space weather.

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a radically new type of radio telescope, with no moving parts, and dependent on prodigious computer power to create exquisite real-time wide-field images of the radio sky, Professor Steven Tingay of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at Curtin University told PTI.

The MWA will observe with unprecedented sensitivity to discover low-frequency radio phenomena that have never been seen before. Reuters

Having frequencies ranging from 80 to 300 MHz and located in the radio-quiet western Australia outback, the MWA will observe with unprecedented sensitivity to discover low-frequency radio phenomena that have never been seen before, he said.

The MWA, with a total cost of 30 million Australian dollars ($ 28.98 million), is an international project led by Curtin University in Australia, MIT Haystack Observatory in the US and the Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore.

Scientists and engineers at the RRI are supplying critical digital electronics sub-systems for the MWA, Tingay said.

Explaining the work, he said, "The radio waves from the distant Universe are converted into electrical signal by the antennas. These signals will go to the receiver where they are converted by the digital sub-system into digital signals, that can then be transmitted via optical fibre to a central processing facility for conversion into images of the sky."

PTI


Updated Date: Oct 02, 2011 13:02 PM

Also Watch

IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore eye revival against Chennai Super Kings as 'Cauvery Derby' comes back to life
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 In the Kanjarbhat community, a campaign against 'virginity tests' is slowly gaining ground
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 It's A Wrap: Beyond the Clouds stars Ishaan Khatter, Malavika Mohanan in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See