SEMINARY (auditorium CAB) 11-05-2016. Space VLB interferometer RadioAstron: status and results

By Dr. Yuri Kovalev, from Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow.

Day: May 11th, 2016
Hour: 12:00
Venue: Auditorio del Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)
Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial
Ctra de Ajalvir, km 4
28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain.

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Title: Space VLB interferometer RadioAstron: status and results

Abstract: The RadioAstron Space VLBI mission utilizes the 10-m radio telescope on-board the dedicated Spektr-R spacecraft to observe cosmic radio sources with an unprecedented angular resolution at 92, 18, 6 and 1.3 cm. The longest baseline of the space-ground interferometer is about 350,000 km. I will briefly review basic parameters and capabilities of the space radio telescope Spektr-R and the RadioAstron interferometer. Science highlights of the mission will be presented. It includes exciting results on AGN, pulsars and interstellar scattering, cosmic masers. Furthermore, the importance of a strong ground support of the Space VLBI mission RadioAstron by large dishes will be underlined with specific examples of RadioAstron-Robledo results.

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