© 1996

The Westerbork Observatory, Continuing Adventure in Radio Astronomy

  • Ernst Raimond
  • René Genee

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 207)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ernst Raimond, René Genee
    Pages 1-10
  3. R. T. Schilizzi, L. I. Gurvits
    Pages 127-142
  4. Robert Braun
    Pages 167-183
  5. E. P. J. van den Heuvel
    Pages 185-203
  6. F. H. Briggs
    Pages 205-223
  7. Rien van de Weygaert, Tjeerd S. van Albada
    Pages 225-259
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-266

About this book


A small country builds a world-class telescope in its backyard and lives happily ever after (or at least for a quarter century). That in a nutshell is the story told in this collection of essays. The country of course is the Netherlands, and the telescope is the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Tele­ scope (WSRT), brainchild of Jan Oort. Living happily in this context is a continuing record of discovery and as such also a continuing basis for se­ curing observing time on facilities in other countries and operating at other frequencies. As our community celebrates the Silver Anniversary of the radio tele­ scope at Westerbork, it is fitting that we pause to take account of the scientific discoveries and insights it made possible. Initially the instrument represented the very significant step away from university-run, specialist facilities to a well-supported, common-user radio imager also having spec­ tral and polarization capabilities. It pioneered the mode of operation now common for satellite observatories, in which data is taken and calibrated by technicians and provided to researchers ready for analysis. It has been a major source of discovery in, among other areas, research on neutral hy­ drogen and studies of dark matter in galaxies.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ernst Raimond
    • 1
  • René Genee
    • 1
  1. 1.Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (NFRA)DwingelooThe Netherlands

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