Govind Swaroop, father of Indian radio astronomy, inaugurated the first phase of the world’s largest radio telescope, Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT).
GMRT is known for its feature of operating in low frequencies. It is spread over a distance of around 30 Km at Khodad village near Narayangaon in Pune.
In the first phase of the total upgrade process, Prof. Swaroop upgraded eight out of 30 antennas in the telescope. He was helped by other scientists and technicians at GMRT in order to upgrade the new technology.
This upgradation will help the scientists to perform more research which was not earlier possible. The GMRT is amongst the best telescopes worldwide.
JS Solanki, Administrative Officer at National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, said that the efficiency of eight antennas has been increased to three times after the process of upgradation.
The core system of the antenna includes front end, back end, correlator, image processing, signal processing, servo drives and monitor and control, he added. This new technology has helped the scientists in improving the overall data quality of the telescope. Viewers can now easily see with an increased clarity through GMRT.
Astronomers are now using GMRT for their frontline research in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics.