Special Issue for FAST

FAST VLBI: current status and future plans

Ru-Rong Chen, Hai-Yan Zhang, Cheng-Jin Jin, Zhi-Sheng Gao, Yan Zhu, Kai Zhu, Peng Jiang, You-Ling Yue, Ji-Guang Lu, Bo Zhang, Wu Jiang, Ren-Jie Zhu, Shao-Guang Guo, Bo Xia, Rong-Bin Zhao, FAST Collaboration


Abstract The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world, and is now being commissioned after the first light in September 2016. Very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) is among the key science topics according to the original design. The FAST VLBI system has been established, and the first VLBI fringe has been successfully obtained. FAST will significantly improve the sensitivity of the existing VLBI networks in the future, and some science projects in need of high sensitivity will benefit from its participation.


Keywords instrumentation: interferometers — telescopes — site testing

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