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Chalmers: 50 million kronor to research infrastructure

Ben Kendall 2012-04-09

A design of how the two new radio telescopes may look at Onsala Space Observatory
Image:Onsala rymdobservatorium/ Västkustflyg
A design of how the two new radio telescopes may look at Onsala Space Observatory

New radio telescopes. Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg has received more than 50 million kronor from the Knut and Alice Wallenburg Foundation for research infrastructure. More than half of the funds will be spent on two new radio telescopes at Chalmers Onsala Space Observatory.

The new telescopes will be used to measure the Earth's movements more accurately than ever before. The measurements will then be used by scientists studying the interaction between the Earth's interior, crust, atmosphere, ocean and climate.

“The two antennas will be 12 metres in diameter and will work together in a network of similar telescopes now being built and planned around the world,” says Robert Cumming, an astronomer and communications officer at the Onsala Space Observatory, in a statement.

“By taking measurements of galaxies billions of light years away, the twin telescope and its siblings around the world will be able to determine locations on earth - and in space - with ten times better precision than is possible today.”

In addition to the two radio telescopes, Chalmers will purchase new nano-lithography equipment worth 22 million kronor for its Nanotechnology Laboratory.

”The funds make it possible for us to buy the very latest technology, so that Swedish research in nano-technology can continue to be at the forefront,” says Peter Modh, from the Nanotechnology Laboratory, in a statement.

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