AAS 195th Meeting, January 2000
Session 83. Radio Observations and Techniques
Display, Friday, January 14, 2000, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[83.02] Scientific Program of the Green Bank Telescope

F.J. Lockman (NRAO), D.S Balser (NRAO)

The Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is a 100 meter diameter unblocked aperture radio telescope that will begin operations in the next year at the Green Bank, WV, Observatory of the NRAO. This presentation will describe some of the general categories of experiment that the GBT will be capable of doing, and illustrate its sensitivity and frequency coverage.

The GBT will operate at frequencies from a few hundred MHz to about 100 GHz. This range encompasses quite a number of phenomenon, including: emission from pulsars; studies of HI in both galactic and highly redshifted systems; thermal and nonthermal emission from planets; molecules in comets, and planetary and stellar atmospheres; continuum emission from supernova remnants and normal galaxies; astrochemistry of heavy interstellar molecules; atomic and molecular spectroscopy of star-forming regions; redshifted CO and other molecules from the early universe, and continuum studies of highly redshifted dust.

The GBT has an entirely new suite of receivers and detectors which will bring unprecedented sensitivity and sky coverage to many of these investigations. The telescope will be scheduled competitively, and we are interested in talking to anyone who plans to use it, so that the instrumental and software configuration can be the best possible match to planned projects.

The NRAO is operated under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jlockman@nrao.edu

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