|Organization||New Jersey Institute of Technology|
|Location||Owens Valley Radio Observatory, Big Pine, California|
|Altitude||3,937 feet (1,200 m)|
|Radio Antennas||27-m antennas (2) 1.8-m antennas (5)|
The Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA) is a astronomical radio telescope array with main interests in studying the physics of the Sun. The instruments of the observatory are designed and employed specifically for studying the activities and phenomena of our solar system's sun. Other solar dedicated instruments operated on the site include the Solar Radio Burst Locator (SRBL), the FASR Subsystem Testbed (FST), and the Korean SRBL (KSRBL). The OVSA is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), which also operates the Big Bear Solar Observatory.
The array was originally built by the California Institute of Technology in 1982, and comprised 5 antennas (two 27-m antennas and three 1.8-m antennas) by 1997. Management of the observatory was transferred to NJIT in 1997, and two more 1.8-m antennas were added by 2004. Funding comes from the National Science Foundation and NASA.
The array employs two 27-m antennas and five 1.8-m antennas to perform radio interferometry at up to 86 radio frequencies ranging from 1 to 18 gigahertz (microwave range). The combination of spatial and spectral resolution is called microwave imaging spectroscopy, which provides rich diagnostic information about the Sun. It is sensitive to both thermal radiation from the chromosphere and corona of the Sun, and to non-thermal radiation from high-energy electrons accelerated in solar flares.
The array has also been used in the discovery and study of the effects of solar radio bursts on wireless communication systems, including cell phones and the Global Positioning System (GPS). Such effects are aspects of Space weather.
Green Mountain Energy Company Presents University of Houston with $140K to Fund University's First Solar Array
Apr 30, 2011; In honor of this year's Earth Day, the University of Houston and Austin-based Green Mountain Energy Company, announced several...
To Commemorate Earth Month, Green Mountain Energy Company Presents the University of Houston with $140,000 to Fund University's First Solar Array.
May 02, 2011; "This is such an exciting partnership, and the University of Houston is honored to be chosen for this gift," said Emily Messa,...