Hamid Pourshaghaghi (Eindhoven) and Christiaan Brinkerink (Radboud): The Netherlands-China Low-frequency Explorer

Seminar | June 18 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 501B Campbell Hall

 Hamid Pourshaghaghi, Eindhoven; Christiaan Brinkerink, Radboud

 Radio Astronomy Lab

We present the Netherlands-China Low-frequency Explorer (NCLE), a low-frequency radio instrument selected for the 2018 Chinese Chang'e 4 mission to an Earth-Moon L2 halo orbit. NCLE consists of three 5-meter long monopole antennas that are mounted onto the Queqiao relay satellite, and are designed to be sensitive in the 80 kHz - 80 MHz frequency range. The instrument aims to address a multitude of high-profile science cases, but predominantly NCLE will open up the low-frequency regime for radio astronomy and will prepare for ground-breaking observations of the 21-cm line emission from the Dark Ages and the Cosmic Dawn, often considered to be the holy grail of cosmology. NCLE was launched successfully on May 21st from Xichang launch center in China.