Radio Physics Laboratory
Radio Physics laboratory (RPL) is a joint initiative of National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA-TIFR) and Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA). RPL started in 2006 with a 4-m telescope and provides a platform for training College/University students in radio astronomy as well as carrying out small radio astronomy projects. The laboratory is located at two sites - one at NCRA-TIFR and one in IUCAA. RPL also conducts annual training programs at NCRA and Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT). RPL has two small radio telescope, one with a diameter of 4-m and the other with a diameter of 3-m equipped with 21-cm horn feeds, low-noise amplifiers and radio receivers capable of carrying out continuum and spectral line radio observations. A set of simple hands on experiments have been designed at RPL using these two telescopes to expose students to the radio astronomy observations and analysis methodology and interpretation. In addition, RPL also has 4 table top experiments. RPL has also devised a simple low cost Affordable Small Radio Telescope (ASRT), which can be used to study solar radio emission.RPL has built a low cost array of three dipole antennas for hands-on interferometry experiments useful in teaching radio astronomy techniques. RPL conducts a variety of student training programs. Apart from limited tailor made programs for local students and providing a platform for radio astronomy projects for local engineering and science students, RPL also hosts two major annual all India programs - Radio Astronomy Winter School for College students (RAWSC) and Pulsar Observing for Students (POS).
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|Affordabe Small Radio Telescope|