HEAD 2003 Meeting
Session 22. Missions, Instruments and Data Analysis
Poster, Sunday-Wednesday, March 23, 2003, Duration of Meeting

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[22.08] The LOFAR radio telescope and high energy astrophysics

M. F. Morales (MIT Center for Space Research), ASTRON Team, Naval Research Laboratory Team, MIT/Haystack Observatory Team

The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) is a new radio astronomy array scheduled for initial operations in 2006, which is being developed by the Netherlands ASTRON group, the Naval Research Laboratory, and MIT/Haystack Observatory. It will be an array of ~13,000 dipole receptors spread over an area 400 kilometers in diameter with sensitivity between 10-240 MHz. Due to modern digital signal processing advances, this array will have a number of unique features which complement the science objectives of the high energy community, including continuous full-sky coverage, prompt identification of radio transients, multiple simultaneous observations, and long term monitoring of many sources. These unique low frequency observations can be combined with high energy data to deepen our understanding of many sources. This talk will introduce the essential features of LOFAR and key science goals, and will describe the techniques and innovations of particular relevance to the high energy community.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: mmorales@space.mit.edu

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