Groups receive plaudits for role in world’s largest astronomy project


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Two Taiwanese research institutions have been recognized for their part in the world’s largest astronomical project based in Chile — recently launched to learn more about the birth of stars and the formation of the universe.

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) — an international partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia with Chile — was launched on March 13.

It is a single telescope composed of 66 high precision antennas that are located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5,000 meters above sea level in the north of Chile.

Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institution and a partner in the project, asked Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology under the Ministry of National Defense to establish a Front End Integration Center (FEIC) and to carry out tests on front end receiver systems at the heart of the ALMA array, according to a defense official.