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Preface: Planning the scientific applications of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio telescope

Li, D, Dickey, JM ORCID: 0000-0002-6300-7459 and Liu, S 2019 , 'Preface: Planning the scientific applications of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio telescope' , Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 19, no. 2 , pp. 1-3 , doi: 10.1088/1674-4527/19/2/16.

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Abstract

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is by far the largest telescope of any kind ever built. FAST produced its first light in September 2016 and it is now under commissioning, with normal operation to commence in late 2019. During testing and early science operation, FAST has started making astronomical discoveries, particularly pulsars of various kinds, including millisecond pulsars, binaries, gamma-ray pulsars, etc. The papers in this mini-volume propose ambitious observational projects to advance our knowledge of astronomy, astrophysics and fundamental physics in many ways. Although it may take FAST many years to achieve all the goals explained in these papers, taken together they define a powerful strategic vision for the next decade.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Li, D and Dickey, JM and Liu, S
Keywords: radio astronomy, radio telescopes, FAST
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1674-4527
DOI / ID Number: 10.1088/1674-4527/19/2/16
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Copyright 2019 National Astronomical Observatories, CAS and IOP Publishing Ltd.

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