Strategies for Protecting Radio Astronomy

  • R. J. Cohen
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 296)


Our view of the radio universe is increasingly obscured by rising levels of human-generated radio and electrical interference. Transmissions from satellites pose a particularly serious threat since they can affect radio telescopes anywhere on Earth. Consumer devices not intended as radio transmitters, such as computers and microwave ovens, add to the growing levels of electromagnetic pollution. Coordinated action is needed at many levels to safeguard the future of radio astronomy. This chapter reviews the tools and strategies that are available, including regulatory protection, radio-quiet zones and interference mitigation.


Global Navigation Satellite System Very Long Baseline Interferometry Radio Telescope Radio Spectrum Radio Astronomy 
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  • R. J. Cohen
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  1. 1.Jodrell Bank ObservatoryUniversity of ManchesterMacclesfieldUK

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