AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 19 Focus on Undergraduate Astronomy
Poster, Monday, January 5, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[19.14] Interferometry on the Sun using a Yagi-Uda Array and a Small Radio Telescope (SRT)

D.B.P. Gobeille (Connecticut College), A.E.E. Rogers, J.A. Ball, P. Pratap (MIT Haystack Observatory)

Interferometry is now at the cutting edge of radio astronomy. Utilizing more than one antenna, the system can create large apertures allowing for greater resolution of objects than ever before. However, due to the complexity and cost of maintaining correlating supercomputers, large dishes, and vast quantities of personnel, these experiments are usually out of the reach of students during undergraduate years. Our goal is to bridge the gap between full scale observations with equipment like large telescopes and what is available for educational purposes. To this end we took the first step by attempting basic interferometry utilizing a Yagi-Uda Antenna and an SRT in order to begin work towards the ultimate goal of VLBI experiments run with SRTs.

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

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