This isn’t a post explaining GMRT to everyone (like my SDSC post). I would love to do it.. but even a reasonable explanation will take a long time to compile. Here , I have just collected a few media reports reg GMRT:
I came across this article on TIFR and its outposts in the latest issue of Frontline.
[…]the GMRT itself is a unique research facility located in Narayangaon near Pune. It consists of 30 fully steerable gigantic parabolic dishes, each with a diameter of 45 meters. The dishes are placed over an area of 25 square kilometers, forming an incongruous landscape of vineyards interspersed with gigantic dish antennas […]
Apart from the work noted in the Frontline article, another prominent discovery was that of an energetic pulsar, a few months back. See the DH report here. In its India Special, New Scientist carried a wonderful article on GMRT.
[..]Through clever innovation, such as using a mesh of fine wires to form the reflecting surface of each dish, Ananthakrishnan and his colleagues, led by NCRA’s Govind Swarup, have created a revolutionary, low-cost design. The entire telescope cost $12 million[..]
Here is a nice pic of a dish [from NCRA]
GMRT is a fabulous facility, amongst the very best in the world when it comes to Radio Astronomy. India is now a leading center for Radio Astronomy. It is also part of the team of countries looking into the Square Kilometer Array , the next generation Radio telescope. It is quite an ambitious project. The Indian page for the project is here. A recent IE article on this specific project is here. Beware about the number quoted against ‘area required’. It says 1 million sq Km.(1/3rd India) 🙂 .. this must be wrong. The actual conference website talks about 1 million sq.m . [An aside.. This indicates the poor quality of science reporting in India. Doesn’t 1 million sq km sound odd?? I wonder why the reporter didn’t get it checked]
Hope that u enjoyed the various links… I will make a detailed post on GMRT at a later point.