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Call for Proposals for Long Wavelength Array, Cycle 5

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 09:50

We invite applications for observing time with the first station of the Long Wavelength Array (LWA1) Radio Observatory and invite interested people to attend the LWA Users Meeting 10-11 July 2014 in Albuquerque, NM.

At this call the LWA1 offers up to four independently steerable wide-band beams and two all-dipole modes (denoted transient buffer wide, TBW, and transient buffer narrow, TBN). Each beam supports two independent tunings over the LWA1 frequency range from 10 to 88 MHz with a FWHM ranging from 15° to 2°. We expect to schedule approximately 1,500 beam-hours and 200 TB-hours between 15 December 2014 and 15 September 2015.

The deadline for application is midnight MDT on 15 August 2014. The complete call for proposals, including a cover page, can be found on the LWA website, along with more information about the capabilities of the LWA1. An introduction to using the LWA1 is also available. We invite proposals from all communities wishing to use this instrument.

The LWA Users Meeting will be held 10-11 July 2014 on the University of New Mexico campus. No registration fee is required, but please send an email to Greg Taylor to hold a space. Attendance is limited to 65 people. All LWA users and potential users are encouraged to attend. There will be a conference dinner on the evening of Thursday, 10 July. There will also be a data-reduction workshop on the afternoon of Friday, 11 July, where users can learn about the LWA Software Library (LSL), setting up observations, and reducing their data. Video conferencing will be available to those who cannot attend in person.

Support for operations and continuing development of the LWA1 is provided by the National Science Foundation under grants AST-1139974 and AST-1139963 of the University Radio Observatory program.

Gregory B. Taylor
University of New Mexico
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