International Radio Telescope Projects

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About the author:
A native of the Netherlands with a doctorate in physics from the Technical University of Delft, Jacob W.M. Baars has spent his professional life in the area of Radio Astronomy. In particular he has been closely involved with the conception and realisation of several radio telescope projects, which were realised by international collaborations.
After three years (1963-66) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, USA, he joined the Netherlands Foundation for Radio Astronomy and functioned as assistant project manager and observatory head of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope.
In 1975 he moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR) in Bonn, Germany to lead the Millimeter Radio Telescope Project in Southern Spain, which is part of the French-German-Spanish observatory IRAM. He also managed the MPIfR/ Steward Observatory (Tucson, Arizona) collaborative Submillimeter Telescope Project in Arizona. On leave from the MPIfR, he participated in the planning and design phase of the Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico and the global collaboration for the Atacama Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.

International Radio Telescope Projects

A life among its designers, builders and users

Authored by Jacob W. M. Baars

Scientific research requiring large experimental apparatus are increasingly realised in an international collaboration. Since 1975, the author has been intimately involved in four such collaborations in the field of radio astronomy. From his home base at the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, he played a role in radio telescope projects in collaboration with France, the USA, Mexico and the global project ALMA, where North America, Europe and East Asia join forces in building the biggest radio telescope ever at 5000 m altitude in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. In this book he tells the story of these projects from his viewpoint in the role of Project-Manager, -Scientist or -Engineer. Technical, political, organisational and sociological aspects are discussed. Richly illustrated and interspersed with anecdotes and personal observations, the book aims to illuminate the atmosphere in which the projects were executed.

Publication Date:
Apr 17 2013
148393327X / 9781483933276
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Technology & Engineering / Project Management

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