4 July 2017
MPIfR
Europe/Berlin timezone
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Contribution

MPIfR - 0.02

The Africa Millimetre Telescope

Speakers

  • Dr. Cornelia MUELLER

Primary authors

Content

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project aims to image the supermassive black holes in the center of our Galaxy (Sgr A) and M87 at event horizon scales using very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) at (sub-)millimetre wavelengths. The EHT currently consists of a number of telescopes around the globe. A telescope in Africa will greatly improve the uv-coverage and the image quality. We propose to build a mm-wave radio telescope on the Gamsberg in Namibia. This location has many advantages: for example, the Galactic Center passes almost exactly overhead and there is mutual visibility on Sgr A with the IRAM telescopes, SPT, LMT, and the ALMA. In this talk, I will give an overview and update on the current status of the project.