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About FAST

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), located in a karst depression in Guizhou, is the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, with a receiving area equivalent to 30 football fields. It is expected that FAST will maintain its world-class status for the next 20 to 30 years. With its innovation design, FAST has broken the 100-meter engineering limit for telescopes construction and created a new mode to build large radio telescopes.

Scientific Goals

1. Detect neutral hydrogen to the edge of the universe, reconstruct the images of the early universe;

2. Discover pulsar, establish a pulsar timing array, and participate in pulsar navigation
and gravitational wave detection in the future;

3. Join the International Very-Long-Baseline Interferometry Network to obtain hyperfine structures of celestial bodies;

4. Perform high resolution radio spectral survey. Detect weak space signals;

5. Participate in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Standard Acknowledgement

This work made use of the data from FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope). FAST is a Chinese national mega-science facility, operated by National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

We also suggest to cite the following papers on the design and construction, the commissioning and the preliminary scientific results of FAST.

1)Nan, R. 2006, Science in China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy, 49, 129. doi:10.1007/s11433-006-0129-9

2)Jiang, P., Yue, Y., Gan, H., et al. 2019, Science China Physics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, 62, 959502.doi:10.1007/s11433-018-9376-1

3)Jiang, P., Tang, N.-Y., Hou, L.-G., et al.\ 2020, Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 20, 064. doi:10.1088/1674-4527/20/5/64

4)Qian, L., Yao, R., Sun, J., et al. 2020, The Innovation, 1, 100053. doi:10.1016/j.xinn.2020.100053