Parkes Observatory

The installation of the Ultra-wideband Low (UWL) receiver system has been scheduled on from the 14th to 20th of May. The receiver, the new digitisation system and the GPU astronomy-backend system will be tested and commissioned after the installation. Various calibration and RFI mitigation techniques will also be developed and tested during the commissioning. UWL will beavailable as aNational Facility instrument in the Apr 2018 semester.

Figure 1: Radiation patterns of the receiver in its cryogenically cooled state being measured in CSIRO’s antenna test facilities. Photo Credit: Ken Smart, CSIRO.

Figure 2: Receiver noise performance being measured at CSIRO’s Parkes Observatory. Photo Credit: Santiago Castillo, CSIRO.

Report provided by Annabelle Young, CSIRO