A 6-12 GHz analogue lag-correlator for radio interferometry

C. M. Holler, T. Kaneko, M. E. Jones, K. Grainge, P. Scott

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    Abstract

    Aims. We describe a 6-12 GHz analogue correlator that has been developed for use in radio interferometers. Methods. We use a lag-correlator technique to synthesis eight complex spectral channels. Two schemes were considered for sampling the cross-correlation function, using either real or complex correlations, and we developed prototypes for both of them. We opted for the "add and square" detection scheme using Schottky diodes over the more commonly used active multipliers because the stability of the device is less critical. Results. We encountered an unexpected problem, in that there were errors in the lag spacings of up to ten percent of the unit spacing. To overcome this, we developed a calibration method using astronomical sources which corrects the effects of the non-uniform sampling as well as gain error and dispersion in the correlator.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)795-806
    Number of pages12
    JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
    Volume464
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007

    Keywords

    • Instrumentation: interferometers
    • Radio continuum: general
    • Techniques: interferometric

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