Using a satellite swarm for building a space-based radio telescope for low frequencies

Marinus Jan Bentum, A.J. Boonstra, C.J.M. Verhoeven, A.J. van der Veen, E.K.A. Gill, N. Saks, H. Falcke, M. Klein-Wolt, R.T. Rajan, Raj Rajan, S.J. Wijnholds, M. Arts, K. van 't Klooster, F. Beliën, Arjan Meijerink, B. Monna, J. Rotteveel, M.A. Boer, E. Bongers, E. BoomE. van Tuijl, A. van Staveren

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    In radio astronomy, as in astronomy in general, a wide range of frequencies is observed as each spectral band o_ers 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 inuence of the Earth's ionosphere this is not possible from Earth. Thus, the only option to observe low frequencies is a telescope in space
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly
    Place of PublicationBremen
    PublisherCommittee on Space Research (Cospar)
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)not assigned
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2010
    Event38th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research, COSPAR 2010 - Bremen, Germany
    Duration: 18 Jul 201025 Jul 2010
    Conference number: 38

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    PublisherCommittee on Space Research, COSPAR


    Conference38th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research, COSPAR 2010
    Abbreviated titleCOSPAR
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    • METIS-276725
    • EWI-19012
    • IR-75268

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