Wide-field science with SKA2-MFAA

Aperture arrays are very flexible systems that are ideal for cutting-edge investigations in radio astronomy (e.g. LOFAR, a key Dutch facility). ASTRON is leading the design consortium for a proposed third component of the full Square Kilometre Array (SKA): a mid-frequency aperture array (MFAA), operating between 450-1450 MHz. The MFAA, with its exquisite sensitivity and very wide field of view (~200 deg2), has the immense potential to do the lion's share of transformational SKA science. In this talk, I will give an overview of the current status of the MFAA, including an update on MANTIS - the Mid-Frequency Aperture Array Transient and Intensity-Mapping System - our proposed precursor. With more than 1500 m2 of collecting area and a field of view >100 deg2, MANTIS will be a powerful telescope in its own right, capable of unique science as well as being an essential technology demonstrator.

Jess Broderick — Astron
Thursday 11 May 2017, 12:00
Location: C4.174