Preliminary Antenna Configuration
Artwork • April 24th, 2018
The ngVLA is envisioned as an array of 214 fixed antennas, each 18m in diameter and outfitted with front ends spanning 1.2 – 50.5 and 70 – 116 GHz. The array achieves high surface brightness sensitivity and high fidelity imaging on angular scales from ~ 1000 to 10 mas by having a large collecting area fraction randomly distributed in the compact array core, spiral arms extending out to 36km for snapshot imaging, and long baseline stations extending asymmetrically to ~1000km baselines that fill the (u,v)‐plane with Earth rotation and frequency synthesis. A short baseline array of 19 antennas, each of 6m diameter, recovers large scale structure and a total power capability is under evaluation.
*Note the symbol sizes in the core have been scaled down for visibility. All antennas in the main array are 18m, including those in the core.