5 May 2009
"An Engineer's Astronomers' Guide to the Australian SKA Pathfinder"
The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a new telescope array being
designed and built by the Australia Telescope National Facility
(ATNF), a division of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). ASKAP will comprise 36
12-meter 3-axis antennas, each equipped with a 188 element phased
array feed, allowing a 30 sq deg field-of-view. It is being built in
the remote Outback of Western Australian, at Australia's SKA candidate
site. The first antenna is scheduled to arrive Nov 2009 and ASKAP
operations to commence in early 2013.
David DeBoer is the ASKAP Project Director and is an Assistant
Director at the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), a unit
of the CSIRO. Dr. DeBoer is a member of the SKA Science and
Engineering Committee (SSEC) and its Executive Committee. Prior to
joining CSIRO, Dr. DeBoer was the Project Manager/Engineer for the
Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a 42-element array built in northern
California. Before moving to California, Dr. DeBoer was an assistant
professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. He
holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of
Technology and an undergraduate degree in astronomy and astrophysics
from Harvard University.