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LOFAR: Current Status and Opportunities for Early Science (Context)

Author: Michael Wise

ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy)


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

Presentation type: Talk      10:01  Thursday 29th 10:00-11:15 


LOFAR, the Low Frequency Array, is a new and innovative radio telescope designed to open up the relatively unexplored low frequency radio regime from 30-240 MHz to a broad range of astrophysical studies. As one of the first of a new generation of radio instruments, the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT) will provide a number of unique capabilities for the astronomical community. These include wide-field, high dynamic range imaging, high time resolution, dynamic real-time system response, buffered retrospective all-sky imaging and the ability to provide multiple, simultaneous observing programs. LOFAR is moving steadily through its commissioning phase towards early science results and its first open international call for observing proposals. In this presentation, I will give an overview of the current status of the array as well as its current and planned scientific capabilities. I will summarize the ongoing commissioning process and conclude with a discussion of the upcoming Announcement of Opportunity for observing proposals in early 2012.

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