The Effelsberg radio dish at the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, is one of the world’s largest fully-steerable radiotelescopes. It will be upgraded using a technology developed by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.
A new Phased Array Feed (PAF), currently under testing and calibration, will be set to work trying to spot a wonderful phenomena, the fast radio bursts.
Michael Kramer, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy, says that the possibility of a good view is particularly important for a fast radio bursts search.
The Effelsberg site is in a high-noise environment so the PAF will need extra calibration to cope with that environment, but when all the tests will be passed, the PAF will be available for researchers all around the world to access as part of the ‘open skies’ access policy.
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