Square Kilometre Array: the radio telescope of the XXI century

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  • External authors:
  • Bassem Alachkar
  • Shaun Amy
  • Domingos Barbosa
  • Murali Bommineni
  • Paul Boven
  • Ralph Braddock
  • John Davis
  • Praveen Diwakar
  • Vishal Francis
  • Robert Gabrielczyk
  • Romeo Gamatham
  • Simon Garrington
  • Tim Gibbon
  • David Gozzard
  • Simon Gregory
  • Yicheng Guo
  • Yashwant Gupta
  • Jill Hammond
  • David Hindley
  • Uli Horn
  • Richard Hughes-Jones
  • Michelle Hussey
  • Samantha Lloyd
  • Siju Mammen
  • Simeon Miteff
  • Vivek Mohile
  • Jaco Muller
  • SwamI Natarajan
  • John Nicholls
  • Richard Oberland
  • Michael Pearson
  • Tim Rayner
  • Sascha Schediwy
  • Richard Schilizzi
  • Supriya Sharma
  • Simon Stobie
  • Mark Tearle
  • Bo Wang
  • Bruce Wallace
  • Lijun Wang
  • Rajesh Warange
  • Richard Whitaker
  • Althea Wilkinson
  • Neil Wingfield


The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. It will address fundamental unanswered questions about our Universe including how the first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang, how dark energy is accelerating the expansion of theUniverse, the role of magnetism in the cosmos, the nature of gravity, and the search for life beyond Earth. This project envisages the construction of 133 15-m antennas in South Africa and 131072 log-periodic antennas in Australia, together with the associated infrastructure in the two desert sites. In addition, the SKA is an exemplar Big Data project, with data rates of over 10 Tbps being transported from the telescope to HPC/HTC facilities.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalAstronomy Reports
Issue number4
Early online date23 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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