Petabits/sec, and the like

Robert G. Brown rgb at
Wed Nov 5 17:52:17 EST 2003

On Thu, 6 Nov 2003, Chris Samuel wrote:

> Part of a CSIRO webpage on the project, if it were to be located in Western 
> Australia, says:
> [quote]
> Specific technologies that would be developed for LOFAR in WA include:
>  * The construction of a 6 terabit/second optic-fibre link from the heart of 
> inland WA to coastal Geraldton. This is a higher data-rate than systems in 
> general use today. LOFAR would therefore represent a non-commercial test-bed 
> for developing technologies. 

On a second thought, I suspect that the OF link is going to be
delivering real time analog data.  This is very similar to a plan for an
even bigger radiotelescope that I've had for years -- one that spans a
continent, or even continents.  The key to making a radiotelescope is
being able to deliver realtime traces of the received signals with very
precise time/phase delay information to a centralized location where the
traces can be recombined and used to create an interference projection
of the sky.  Perhaps they're going to digitize the signal(s) first, but
I don't see why they would offhand.


Robert G. Brown	             
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