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      SKA; GMRT.

    • Abstract


      The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that has recently entered into the construction phase, after successful completion of the design and prototyping phases during 2013–2021. Planned to be operational by the end of this decade, the SKA is expected to revolutionise astronomy by allowing cutting edge explorations in an extremely wide range of science areas, while driving the growth of many important new state-of-the-art technologies. There are more than 10 countries currentlyparticipating in the international consortium to build this facility, which will be co-located in Australia andSouth Africa with the global headquarters in the United Kingdom. Indian scientists and engineers have played a significant role since the beginning: from the definition of the SKA concept and its science case, to some important aspects of the design of the instrument and the prototyping activities. India is now getting ready to join the construction phase of the SKA with a well defined proposal for technical activities spanning a few different areas of work. Along with this, Indian astronomers are busy refining their science case for the SKA and preparing in different ways to be ready for front line science with the facility as and when it is commissioned. All these activities are coordinated by the SKA India consortium, which currently has a membership of more than 20 institutions across the country. In this paper, we describe the current status of the SKA project, and focus on India’s role—past contributions, ongoing activities and future plans.

    • Author Affiliations



      1. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune University Campus, Pune 411007, India.
      2. Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Post Bag 4, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007, India.
      3. Ashoka University, Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat 131029, India.
      4. Raman Research Institute, Sadashivnagar, Bengaluru 560080, India.
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