ASKAP Commissioning and Early Science

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a new generation low frequency (700-1800 MHz) interferometer capable of a wide instantaneous field of view of 30 square degrees, which is realised with the Phased Array Feed (PAF) technology. The first stage of the instrument, which consists of 6 first generation PAFs and is called Boolardy Enigeering Test Array (BETA), has been brought into operations last year. I will review our experience commissioning this instrument and show the first science results which include demonstration of the wide field continuum imaging of the Tucana field (Heywood et al.), imaging of HI in the galaxy group IC 1459 with a single pointing of the instrument (Serra et al.) and detection of HI absorption at z ~ 0.44 towards PKS1740-517 (Allison et al.).

14/05/2015 - 14:30
Maxim Voronkov
CSIRO (Australia)