ACAMAR Projects

ACAMAR is currently collaborating on projects connected with FAST, SKA and Antarctic astronomy, but is actively encouraging other opportunities and will facilitate collaboration in other large projects.

FAST

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is a Chinese mega-science project aiming to build the largest single dish radio telescope in the world, with innovative concepts. It is funded by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and managed by the National Astronomical observatories (NAOC) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with the government of Guizhou province as a cooperation partner.

 

It was officially opened on 25th September 2016.

More information: lister.staveley-smith@uwa.edu.au

SKA Technology

SKAO has formed the SKA Regional Centre Coordination Group (SRCCG). Peter Quinn (ICRAR) represents Australia and NZ, and Meng Zhao (NAOC) represents China. The SRCCG will form guidelines for SKA Regional Centres, data access policies and coordinate regional centre efforts on a global scale.

 

More information: peter.quinn@icrar.org

Antarctic Collaboration

In January 2012 China installed the first of three 0.5 metre wide-field (1.5x2.9 degree) optical imaging telescopes, AST3-1, at the highest point of the Antarctic plateau.

 

Australia is currently involved in Dome A activities through UNSW's PLATO-A, which will be the primary support platform for AST3, and through equipment to characterise the infrared background and cloud cover at Dome A.

 

More information: m.ashley@unsw.edu.au