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Radio Telescope Reflectors : Historical Development of Design and Construction (Hardcover) (Jacob W. M.

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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.

Number of Pages: 275
Genre: Science, Technology
Series Title: Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Jacob W. M. Baars & Hans J. Ku00e4rcher
Language: English
Street Date: November 28, 2017
TCIN: 53327825
UPC: 9783319651477
Item Number (DPCI): 248-61-7726
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