The Africa Millimetre Telescope project - extending the EHT

The Africa Millimetre Telescope (AMT) project led by the Radboud University and the University of Namibia aims to realise a new telescope on the Gamsberg mountain in Namibia to extend the existing network of telescopes that together form the EventHorizonTelescope (EHT). For the future of the EHT more independent nodes in the network are needed to increase the overal redundancy of the network and to improve the image quality and allow for time-resolved images of the main targets Sgr A* and M87. The AMT telescope will be based on the NOEMA design, and in close collaboration with the IRAM team the SEST telescope will be refurbished and brought to Namibia. The AMT project has passed its preliminary design review and is currently preparing for the critical design review, now scheduled for early 2023. I will present the latest (technical and financial) status of the project and discuss the added value for additional European nodes in the EHT network.

17/02/2022 - 12:30
Dr. Marc Klein Wolt
Radboud Radio Lab of the Radboud University Nijmegen