First Fringes with the new Plateau de Bure correlator WideX!

December 13, 2009


We are pleased to announce first astronomical light with WideX 1st unit on December 13, 2009.

A team of IRAM astronomers and engineers was able to observe stable fringes towards the quasar 3C454.3 with WideX and the narrow band correlator on all fifteen baselines of the Plateau de Bure interferometer (see figure)!

The team is now striving to complete the testing in order to turn WideX into a fully operational system for astronomical use. More information will follow.