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Preliminary Observations of the Sun at 80 MHz with the Culgoora Radioheliograph

  • K. Kai, D.J. Mclean, W. J. Payten, K.V. Sheridan and J.P. Wild (a1)...

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This paper describes a preliminary series of observations of the Sun made at a frequency of 80 MHz with the 3 km radioheliograph of the Culgoora Observatory. The instrument records, at one-second intervals, pictures of the solar image in the form of 60 (E-W) × 48 (N-S) points, each separated in angle by half the Rayleigh limit (2’ arc in the zenith). At the time of the present observations the instrument was incomplete in three main respects : (a) the facilities for recording opposite senses of circular polarization were not available; (b) the automatic image compensation for zenith-angle foreshortening was not available—hence the optical disk of the Sun appears elliptical; and (c) the phase and amplitude calibration procedures had not been fully established, resulting in a higher sidelobe level than that specified in the design—the effects are sometimes evident in the pictures as spoke-like brightenings.

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1The Culgoora Radioheliograph’, ed. Wild, J. P., Proc. IREE Aust., 28, No. 9 (1967). See also Wild, J.P., Proc. ASA, 1, 38 (1967).
2 Weiss, A.A., and Stewart, R.T., Aust. J. Phys., 18, 143 (1967).

Preliminary Observations of the Sun at 80 MHz with the Culgoora Radioheliograph

  • K. Kai, D.J. Mclean, W. J. Payten, K.V. Sheridan and J.P. Wild (a1)...

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