Design features of some radio telescopes

  • Jacob W.M. Baars
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 348)


The first fully steerable parabolic reflectors were second World War radar antennas, developed both in Germany and the allied countries. The developments to ever larger and more accurate antennas has been mainly an activity by radio astronomers and mechanical and structural engineers working with them. The full story of this fascinating development has still to be written. In this chapter we shall not endeavour to undertake such a task.


Elevation Angle Reflector Surface Radio Telescope Square Kilometer Array Gravitational Deformation 
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  • Jacob W.M. Baars
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  1. 1.European Southern ObservatorySwisttal/BonnGermany

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