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ASTRON new analog lab environment

Submitter: Nico Ebbendorf
Description: After 20 years we are saying goodbye to our lab furniture. Following the nice office floors in the new ASTRON building, it is time for a face-lift of our analog laboratory.

This lab area was created back in 1996 and served as a modern development environment where famous radio astronomy systems have been created. Among them are the Multi Frequency Front-Ends (MFFE) for the WSRT, the WSRT back-end system IVC, LOFAR and recently the APERTIF Front-Ends. In addition to these operational systems, many research and development projects in the area of phased array systems such as THEA and EMBRACE and Photonics experiments have been successfully carried out here.

The pictures show the preparation for the construction of a wall that will house cabinets for laboratory parts and provide an (ESD) safe and friendly environment. An accumulation of 20 years of dust has been broomed out after removing the old cabinets.

Shortly, more pictures will show the result of all this hard work. Watch this space.
Copyright: Nico Ebbendorf
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