LOFAR: A Radio Telescope the Size of Northern Europe!

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A public lecture by Dr Edward Daw

 

LOFAR is a collection of thousands of ordinary dipole radio ariels located all over Northern Europe, and hooked up to some far-from-ordinary electronics, connected via the internet to one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

This ground-breaking instrument can be used to survey a large portion of the radio sky at unprecedented angular resolution every few weeks.

Many wonderful discoveries are waiting to be made, so this is an exciting time for all involved. I will discuss the instrument, the process of producing images, and some of the first results.

Ed Daw is a senior lecturer in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, and a member of the LOFAR transients key project.

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