Cambridge Electromagnetic Technology contributing to the world's largest radio telescope

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Cambridge ElectroMagnetic Technology Ltd (CEMTL), a new spin-out from the University of Cambridge, is supporting the construction of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a project that will increase our understanding of the universe using the world's largest radio telescope.

CEMTL are experts in radio astronomy instrumentation, with a particular specialty in the field of electromagnetic technology, especially the design and electromagnetic modelling of electrically-large phased arrays and ultra-wideband low-noise radio systems.

Having led the Antenna and LNA working group of the Low Frequency Aperture Array (LFAA) consortium of the SKA telescope, the team set up a spin-out company to provide consultancy services and commercialize radio astronomy inspired electromagnetic technology.  The SKA project, an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with eventually over a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area. The SKA will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky at long wavelengths much faster than any system currently in existence.

CEMTL's low-frequency antenna design has also been deployed in the South Pole for a related project, as discussed in a recent article in SKA Contact Magazine

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