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Field deployment of prototype antenna tiles for the Mileura widefield array low frequency demonstrator

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Bowman, JD and Herne, D and Hewitt, JN and Johnston, C and Kasper, JC and Kocz, J and Kratzenberg, E and Lonsdale, CJ and Morales, MF and Oberoi, D and Salah, JE and Barnes, DG and Stansby, B and Stevens, JB and Torr, G and Wayth, RB and Webster, RL and Wyithe, JSB and Briggs, FH and Corey, BE and Lynch, MJ and Bhat, NDR and Cappallo, RJ and Doeleman, SS and Fanous, BJ (2007) Field deployment of prototype antenna tiles for the Mileura widefield array low frequency demonstrator. The Astronomical Journal, 133 (4). pp. 1505-1518. ISSN 0004-6256

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Abstract

Experiments were performed with prototype antenna tiles for the Mileura Widefield Array Low Frequency Demonstrator
(MWA LFD) to better understand the wide-field, wide-band properties of their design and to characterize the radio-frequency interference (RFI) between 80 and 300 MHz at the site in Western Australia. Observations acquired during the 6 month deployment confirmed the predicted sensitivity of the antennas, sky-noise-dominated system temperatures, and phase-coherent interferometric measurements. The radio spectrum is remarkably free of strong terrestrial signals, with the exception of two narrow frequency bands allocated to satellite downlinks, and rare bursts due to ground-based transmissions being scattered from aircraft and meteor trails. Results indicate the potential of the
MWA LFD to make significant achievements in its three key science objectives: epoch of reionization science, heliospheric science, and radio transient detection.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: instrumentation: interferometers — radio continuum: general — site testing — telescopes
Journal or Publication Title: The Astronomical Journal
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Page Range: pp. 1505-1518
ISSN: 0004-6256
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1086/511068
Additional Information:

# 2007. The American Astronomical Society.

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:18
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:34
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