EM for Radio Science Lab

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    Groene Loper 19, Flux, floor 9

    5612 AP Eindhoven


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    P.O. Box 513, Flux

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organisation profile

Introduction / mission

The Radio Science Lab focusses on the design of next generation radio telescopes. Realizing the means through which radio astronomers can unravel the Universe’s mysteries, while at the same time establishing links to other areas of society that can benefit from our technological development.

Organisation profile

In the Radio Science lab we focus on techniques for designing the next generation of radio telescopes. Research is performed on large antenna arrays and reflector (dish) antennas, timing and navigation using pulsar observations, interference mitigation techniques, and developing a low-frequency radio telescope in space and on the Moon, among other things.

The lab focusses on all aspects of radio science instruments but has a special focus on very low frequencies. At low frequencies (below 30 MHz) the Universe has never been properly mapped. However, this could provide accurate information about the young Universe, when stars, galaxies and planets were formed. With earth-based radio telescopes the unfavourable propagation characteristics of the earth’s atmosphere is a limiting factor, which is one of the fields of study. Moreover, man-made radio noise can jam the highly sensitive receivers of the telescope such that interference mitigation measures are needed or the instruments have to go into space. This can be done with a flying instrument, called OLFAR, the Orbiting Low Frequency Antennas for Radio astronomy, or by antennas on the Moon, e.g. as planned for the Astronomical Lunar Observatory (ALO). Currently, this space-based research concentrates on localization aspects, data communication, antenna system and data processing.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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