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Paper: The Legacy of Clark Lake and the Road to the Long Wavelength Array
Volume: 345, From Clark Lake to the Long Wavelength Array: Bill Erickson's Radio Science
Page: 114
Authors: Kassim, N.E.; Polisensky, E.J.
Abstract: Over a period of nearly three decades, Bill Erickson, together with a hardy group of innovators and their collective students, developed a series of pioneering instruments in the dry lake bed of Clark Lake east of San Diego. The last of those was the Clark Lake TPT - a broad-band, completely electronic instrument that will be surpassed in sophistication only when the emerging suite of new lowfrequency instruments, such as the Long Wavelength Array (LWA) and the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), are finally built. In the intervening decade since the Clark Lake Radio Observatory (CLRO) closed in the early 1990s, there has been a quiet renaissance of low-frequency radio astronomy. It has been motivated, in part, both by people trained at the CLRO and by a growing recognition that a variety of key astrophysical questions require observations at low radio frequencies. I summarize the positive legacy of Clark Lake, and Bill Erickson's work, that presaged the emergence of this long neglected field into the mainstream of modern astronomy.
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