Chinese Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), is the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, the telescope have a new addition now, the telescope will have a new receiver installed in order to boost its current efficiency in surveying the sky.
Chinese have installed a new 19-beam L-band receiver, it is said to be first of its kind in the world, the receiver is expected to put together with the telescope in early June, the receiver will increase the efficiency of FAST’s survey speed, the telescope will scan the sky with five to six times faster speed according to the Science and Technology Daily.
The receiver was developed by Chinese and Australian scientists collaboratively. The receiver’s physical weight is about 1.2 tonnes and it costs more than 20 million Yuan which equates to roughly 3.14 million dollars.
The chief engineer of FAST’s system said, the new receiver is equipped with the highest sensitivity and it will largely improve the FAST’s efficiency in searching for the new pulsars and spectral lines.
The world’s largest single-dish radio telescope is located in natural deep round karst depression in Guizhou province in southwest China.
China’s FAST is believed to be the world’s most sensitive radio telescope. The telescope observes pulsars in the sky, explore interstellar molecules in the sky and monitor interstellar communication signals.