Broadband microwave imaging spectroscopy with a solar-dedicated array

Tim S. Bastian, Dale Gary, S. M. White, Gordon J. Hurford

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For many years, ground-based radio observations of the Sun have proceeded into two directions: (1) high resolution imaging at a few discrete wavelengths; (2) spectroscopy with limited or no spatial resolution at centimeter, decimeter, and meter wavelengths. Full exploitation of the radio spectrum to measure coronal magnetic fields in both quiescent active regions and flares, to probe the thermal structure of the solar atmosphere, and to study energy release and particle energization in transient events, requires a solar-dedicated, frequency-agile solar radiotelescope, capable of high-time, - spatial, and -spectral resolution imaging spectroscopy. In this paper we summarize the science program and instrument requirements for such a telescope, and present a strawman interferometric array composed of many (greater than 40), small (2 m) antenna elements, each equipped with a frequency- agile receiver operating over the range 1 - 26.5 GHz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-619
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventAdvanced Technology MMW, Radio, and Terahertz Telescopes - Kona, HI, United States
Duration: Mar 26 1998Mar 26 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Correlator
  • Optical fiber
  • Radio interferometry
  • Spectroscopy


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