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2016MNRAS.460.1664F - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 460, 1664-1679 (2016/August-1)

Engineering and science highlights of the KAT-7 radio telescope.

FOLEY A.R., ALBERTS T., ARMSTRONG R.P., BARTA A., BAUERMEISTER E.F., BESTER H., BLOSE S., BOOTH R.S., BOTHA D.H., BUCHNER S.J., CARIGNAN C., CHEETHAM T., CLOETE K., COREEJES G., CRIDA R.C., CROSS S.D., CURTOLO F., DIKGALE A., DE VILLIERS M.S., DU TOIT L.J., ESTERHUYSE S.W.P., FANAROFF B., FENDER R.P., FIJALKOWSKI M., FOURIE D., FRANK B., GEORGE D., GIBBS P., GOEDHART S., GROBBELAAR J., GUMEDE S.C., HERSELMAN P., HESS K.M., HOEK N., HORRELL J., JONAS J.L., JORDAAN J.D.B., JULIE R., KAPP F., KOTZE P., KUSEL T., LANGMAN A., LEHMENSIEK R., LIEBENBERG D., LIEBENBERG I.J.V., LOOTS A., LORD R.T., LUCERO D.M., LUDICK J., MACFARLANE P., MADLAVANA M., MAGNUS L., MAGOZORE C., MALAN J.A., MANLEY J.R., MARAIS L., MARAIS N., MARAIS S.J., MAREE M., MARTENS A., MOKONE O., MOSS V., MTHEMBU S., NEW W., NICHOLSON G.D., VAN NIEKERK P.C., OOZEER N., PASSMOOR S.S., PEENS-HOUGH A., PINSKA A.B., PROZESKY P., RAJAN S., RATCLIFFE S., RENIL R., RICHTER L.L., ROSEKRANS D., RUST A., SCHRODER A.C., SCHWARDT L.C., SERANYANE S., SERYLAK M., SHEPHERD D.S., SIEBRITS R., SOFEYA L., SPANN R., SPRINGBOK R., SWART P.S., THONDIKULAM V.L., THERON I.P., TIPLADY A., TORUVANDA O., TSHONGWENI S., VAN DEN HEEVER L., VAN DER MERWE C., VAN ROOYEN R., WAKHABA S., WALKER A.L., WELZ M., WILLIAMS L., WOLLEBEN M., WOUDT P.A., YOUNG N.J. and ZWART J.T.L.

Abstract (from CDS):

The construction of the seven-dish Karoo Array Telescope (KAT-7) array in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape in South Africa was intended primarily as an engineering prototype for technologies and techniques applicable to the MeerKAT telescope. This paper looks at the main engineering and scientific highlights from this effort, and discusses their applicability to both MeerKAT and other next-generation radio telescopes. In particular, we found that the composite dish surface works well, but it becomes complicated to fabricate for a dish lacking circular symmetry; the Stirling cycle cryogenic system with ion pump to achieve vacuum works but demands much higher maintenance than an equivalent Gifford-McMahon cycle system; the ROACH (Reconfigurable Open Architecture Computing Hardware)-based correlator with SPEAD (Streaming Protocol for Exchanging Astronomical Data) protocol data transfer works very well and KATCP (Karoo Array Telescope Control Protocol) control protocol has proven very flexible and convenient. KAT-7 has also been used for scientific observations where it has a niche in mapping low surface-brightness continuum sources, some extended H ihaloes and OH masers in star-forming regions. It can also be used to monitor continuum source variability, observe pulsars, and make Very Long Baseline Interferometry observations.

Abstract Copyright: © 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): instrumentation: interferometers - radio continuum: general - radio lines: general - radio lines: general

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