Optical design and verification of the 4mm receiver for the 20m telescope at Onsala Space Observatory
Paper in proceedings, 2016

The work of this research is the design, analysis and verification of the optical performance of a 4 mm receiver channel for the 20 m telescope at Onsala Space Observatory, Onsala, Sweden. The 4 mm (75 GHz) receiver is a newly proposed channel designed to be installed parallel to the existing 3 mm (100 GHz) channel targeting new science at that longer wavelength. Gaussian beam mode analysis is used to produce the fundamental optical design of the system. The design is then analysed more accurately with the physical optics approximation. We report on the comparison of simulation and measurement and verification of the system design.

Physical optics

Onsala Space Observatory

Gaussian beams

Radio telescopes

Optical design

4mm receiver


20m telescope


G. W. Walker

Maynooth University

E. Kalinauskaite

Maynooth University

D. McCarthy

Maynooth University

N. Trappe

Maynooth University

A. Murphy

Maynooth University

Leif Helldner

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Onsala Space Observatory

Miroslav Pantaleev

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Onsala Space Observatory

Jonas Flygare

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Onsala Space Observatory

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

0277786X (ISSN) 1996756X (eISSN)

Vol. 9914 Part 1 UNSP 99142V- 99142V

Subject Categories

Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology



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