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Focal Plane Array

(FPA)
(array of receivers at the focus of a radio telescope)

A Focal Plane Array is an array (e.g., a grid) of radio receivers at the focus of a Radio Telescope, i.e., at its Focal Plane. Bolometers may be used as the receivers.

With it, Radio images can be made, as a photographic plate or CCD at the focal plane of an Optical telescope does.


(instruments,radio)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focal_Plane_Arrays

Referenced by:
Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX)
DeGaS-MC
Green Bank Telescope (GBT)
Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT)

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