Radio Astronomy of the Planets.
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
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The University of Florida Radio Observatory has concentrated on the study of low-frequency sporadic emissions from the planets. Major emphasis has been placed on Jupiter, with the objective of maintaining a long-term, consistent record of the intensity, polarization, and temporal structure of the decametric radiation from that planet over as wide a frequency range as is practicable at any given phase of the solar cycle. A continuous program of reduction, machine analysis, and interpretation of the data is maintained for the purpose of determining the characteristics of the radiation, its correlation with known properties of the planet and its satellites, as well as possible correlations with solar and geophysical parameters. Theoretical studies are made of radiation and propagation mechanisms, and long-baseline interferometry is being used to investigate the sizes of the decametric sources. Observations have also been made of Saturn, Venus, and Mars. The program is being further broadened by instrumental developments now under way. Author