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Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Research organisation
Location
Pranusanguni, Sardinia Radio Telescope, San Basilio, PO: 09040, Sardinia (Italy)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
Italy
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 2018
Timeline
Operational since 2018
Under construction since 2003 to 2016
Scientific Description
The Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT, Lat. 39.4930N - Long. 9.2451E) is a major radio astronomical facility ready for outstanding scientific observations, with its main parabola of 64 meter diameter.

It represents a flexible instrument for Radio Astronomy, Geodynamical studies and Space science, either in single dish or VLBI mode. SRT combines one of the largest steerable collecting area all over the World with state-of-the-art technology to enable high efficiency up to the 3-mm frequency band. The optical system is based on a quasi-Gregorian dish antenna with mirrors shaped to minimize the standing wave bouncing between the two reflectors. Three additional mirrors, combined in a Beam Wave Guide (BWG) configuration, increase the number of focal positions.

The manufacturing of the SRT mechanical parts and their assembly on-site was commissioned in 2003 to the company MTM® (Germany). The final tests and acceptance of the instrument have been performed in August 2012. In 2016 a full Science Verification Phase was successfully concluded. During 2017 and early 2018 a refurbishing of the active surface was carried out and finally the telescope was first offered for the astronomical community in September 2018, starting regular operations.

RI Keywords
Millimetre radio astronomy, New molecular lines, Astrophysics, Pulsars, Radioastronomy, Astro-chemistry, High resolution radio astronomical observations
Classifications
RI Category
Telescopes
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Services
SRT

Access to the radio telescope, including logistical, technological and scientific support.

Equipment
SRT

Radio telescope with 64 m parabolic dish and alt-azimuth mounting. Frequency: 300 MHz - 100 GHZ, max. angular resolution 11 arcsec (at 100 GHz).

Access
Access Type
Physical
Access Mode
Excellence Driven
Users
Users Definition
Teams of individual researchers
Collaborations
Networks
RadioNet3
Date of last update: 22/02/2019