OLFAR - orbiting low frequency array; using a satellite swarm for building a space-based radio telescope for low frequencies

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Bentum, M.J. and Boonstra, A.J. and Verhoeven, C.J.M. and Veen, A.J. van der and Gill, E.K.A. and Saks, N. and Falcke, H. and Klein-Wolt, M. and Rajan, R.T. and Wijnholds, S.J. and Arts, M. and Klooster, K. van 't and Beliën, F. and Meijerink, A. and Monna, B. and Rotteveel, J. and Boer, M.A. and Bongers, E. and Boom, E. and Tuijl, E. van and Staveren, A. van (2010) OLFAR - orbiting low frequency array; using a satellite swarm for building a space-based radio telescope for low frequencies. In: Sense of Contact 12, April 8, 2010, Zeist, The Netherlands.

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Abstract:In radio astronomy, as in astronomy in general, a wide range of frequencies is observed as each spectral band offers a unique window to study astrophysical phenomena. In the recent years, new observatories have been designed and built at the extreme limits of the radio spectrum. For the low frequencies several Earth-based radio telescopes are constructed at this moment. In the Netherlands, the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) is being constructed at this moment and will be operational later this year. LOFAR observes the sky between 30 and 240 MHz. Observing at even lower frequencies is very interesting, but, due to the influence of the Earth’s ionosphere this is not possible from Earth. Thus, the only option to observe low frequencies is a telescope in space.
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