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The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope and its Early Science Opportunities

Colloquium: Astronomy Colloquia | October 10 | 4:10 p.m. | 2 LeConte Hall

Di Li, NAO Beijing

Department of Astronomy

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is being built in Southwestern China. Upon its expected first light in September of 2016, FAST will be the largest antenna in the world and thus holds potential for significant discoveries in its wavebands between 70 MHz and 3 GHz. The Ministry of Science and Technology of China has funded a dedicated key program between 2012 and 2016 to support research related to FAST and help train radio astronomers with necessary experience. I will introduce these science preparation efforts in fields of pulsar, maser, ISM, galaxy evolution, and cosmology. A particular focus will be put on the technical limitations and science planning for the early science operation of FAST.", 510-642-5275