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Research Infrastructure

IRAM Radio Telescope Pico Veleta

Description The 30-meter telescope on Pico Veleta in the Spanish Sierra Nevada is one of the two radio astronomy facilities operated by IRAM. Built in only four years (1980 to 1984) at an elevation of 2850 meters, it is one of today’s largest and most sensitive radio telescopes for tracing millimeter waves. The telescope is a classic single dish parabolic antenna, which allows the exploration of extended cosmic objects such as nearby galaxies and interstellar clouds. Due to its large surface, the 30-meter telescope is unrivalled in its sensitivity and is well adapted to detect weak sources. The surface of the parabola is adjusted to a precision of 55 micrometers, corresponding to the width of a human hair. This RI is an ICTS (Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure), included in the Spanish National Roadmap for RIs.
URL http://www.iram-institute.org/
Status Operational since 1901
Scientific Domains Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization Telescopes
Location Sierra Nevada, Granada, Spain
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15735