Radio Telescope Reflectors

Historical Development of Design and Construction

  • Jacob W.M. Baars
  • Hans J Kärcher

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 447)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 9-30
  4. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 31-61
  5. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 63-106
  6. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 107-152
  7. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 153-183
  8. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 185-207
  9. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 209-242
  10. Jacob W. M. Baars, Hans J. Kärcher
    Pages 243-258
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 259-275

About this book

Introduction

This book demonstrates how progress in radio astronomy is intimately linked to the development of reflector antennas of increasing size and precision. The authors describe the design and construction of major radio telescopes as those in Dwingeloo, Jodrell Bank, Parkes, Effelsberg and Green Bank since 1950 up to the present as well as millimeter wavelength telescopes as the 30m MRT of IRAM in Spain, the 50m LMT in Mexico and the ALMA submillimeter instrument. The advances in methods of structural design and coping with environmental influences (wind, temperature, gravity) as well as application of new materials are explained in a non-mathematical, descriptive and graphical way along with the story of the telescopes. Emphasis is placed on the interplay between astronomical and electromagnetic requirements and structural, mechanical and control solutions. A chapter on management aspects of large telescope projects closes the book. The authors address a readership with interest in the progress of engineering solutions applied to the development of radio telescope reflectors and ground station antennas for satellite communication and space research. The book will also be of interest to historians of science and engineering with an inclination to astronomy.

Keywords

design and construction of radio telescopes homology design thermal control of telescopes telescope materials millimeter wavelength telescopes parabolic reflectors reflector antennas telescope mechatronics

Authors and affiliations

  • Jacob W.M. Baars
    • 1
  • Hans J Kärcher
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für RadioastronomieBonnGermany
  2. 2.MT Mechatronics - consultant KarbenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65148-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65147-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65148-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7985
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