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INS4: LOFAR, the LOw Frequency ARray: Ongoing Developments and Early Results

Session Organisers: 

Mario M. Bisi (Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University, UK), Michael W. Wise (Astronomy Group, ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy), The Netherlands), Philip Best (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, UK), Benjamin W. Stappers (The School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, UK), Peter T. Gallagher (School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), and Marcus Bruggen (School of Engineering & Science, Jacobs University, Germany)


The LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) is a next-generation radio telescope which utilises thousands of stationary dipoles and tiles to observe celestial phenomena. This session is intended for the broader community to learn about the developments of LOFAR including updates on the status of the system and its current scientific capabilities, the early science results from all aspects of its applications and operation, as well as the upcoming opportunities for general "open skies" observing.

With its dense core array and interferometric baselines of up to 1,000 km, LOFAR has the potential to achieve both unparalleled sensitivity (sub-mJy) and spatial resolution (sub-arcsecond) in this largely-unexplored low-frequency radio regime (~10 MHz to 250 MHz). Areas of science which can be explored with LOFAR include, but are not limited to, the Epoch of Re-ionisation (EoR), Pulsars, Transients, Cosmic Rays, Magnetism, deep Extra-Galactic Surveys, and also studies of the Sun, the Solar Atmosphere/Solar Wind, Space Weather, and the Earth's Ionosphere. In summary, the session is designed for showcasing LOFAR's scientific potential and progress to date. The session should include a LOFAR overview and specifics of LOFAR commissioning, current status, scientific and technical capabilities, and upcoming opportunities. We solicit contributions from any/all of the science areas that will be covered by the observational capabilities of LOFAR.


This is a complete listing of all 17 entries

Poster Session B
Solar Observations with LOFAR  Christian Vocks
Interference Mitigation schemes for LOFAR dynamic spectra  Dr. Ashish Asgekar
The First Detection of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) with LOFAR  M.M. Bisi
LOFAR, Weather and the implications for EISCAT_3D and the SKA.  Derek McKay-Bukowski
LOFAR Imaging of Cygnus A  John McKean
Lightning at Saturn and Jupiter radiation belts emission seen by LOFAR  Julien Girard

Thursday 29th 10:00-11:15
10:00 INS4 - Opening and Welcome  M.M. Bisi
10:01 LOFAR: Current Status and Opportunities for Early Science (Context)  Michael Wise
10:25 The LOFAR Transients Key Science Project: image plane transients and multiwavelength follow-up  Rob Fender
10:41 Radio Detection of Cosmic Particles and Fast Radio Transients with LOFAR  Heino Falcke
10:57 Ionospheric impact and calibration for LOFAR (Invited)  Ilse van Bemmel

Thursday 29th 11:45-13:15
11:45 Heliospheric Observations on LOFAR: First Solar Wind Obs. & Planned Future Investigations (Invited)  Richard Fallows
12:03 KAIRA - Deploying LOFAR systems in the Arctic  Derek McKay-Bukowski
12:19 High-resolution, wide-field mapping of supernova remnant Cassiopeiea A in continuum & RRLs (Invited)  Dr. Ashish Asgekar
12:37 Early Pulsar Science with LOFAR  Tom Hassall
12:53 A year of pulsar polarimetry with LOFAR  Charlotte Sobey
13:09 INS4 - Poster Summary Presentations  INS4 Poster Authors