RadioNet Advanced Radio Astronomy
Advanced Radio Astronomy, commissioning skills and preparation for the SKA
Advanced radio interferometry, commissioning skills and preparation for the SKA
14 October: We have reached capacity. Registration is closed unless you have already indicated your intentions. Late registrations will be placed on a waiting list.
13 November to 16 November 2012
JBCA, University of Manchester, UK.
Lovell Lecture Room 3.225, Alan Turing Building (see bottom of page for link to maps etc.)
The number of prospective radio interferometry users is increasing very rapidly, thanks to new and upgraded radio interferometry arrays coming into operation (ALMA, e-MERLIN, JVLA, KAT7, LOFAR ...) and those planned or under construction (ASKAP, MeerKAT, NOEMA, SKA etc.). All these telescopes aim to make their data accessible to astronomers with an interest in the science, not necessarily in the dirty details of techniques. Nonetheless, there is still a need for a core of experts to lead ambitious science projects and to test, operate and develop radio instruments.
This workshop will communicate skills that you need to help comission a radio interferometry array or work on early science data. The new arrays coming into operation have all found a shortage of scientists able and willing to help troubleshoot early science. Talks and discussion sessions will share best practices between people working on the arrays, lessons from comissioning scientists and the experiences of working on early science data.
Real issues which have arisen at individual arrays will be used as examples for problem-solving group sessions, but the skills of improvisation, troubleshooting and working at the interface between astronomer and engineers, are very widely applicable.
There are no fixed qualifications for attendance but in case of over-subscription, people with some radio astronomy experience will be prioritised. There will be opportunities to contribute your experience, with a few slides if wanted.
We are hoping to make it possible to participate remotely by video link or at least telecoms/shared pdf's. This is only available for a limited number of external sites so please let us know asap if you are interested in this, priority will be given to the most geographically distant sites!
We gratefully acknowledge support from RadioNet3 and the UK ALMA Regional Support Centre Node