Melanie Johnston-Hollitt (Curtin): The Phase II Murchison Widefield Array: Current Status and Future Plans

Seminar | June 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 501B Campbell Hall

 Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, Curtin

 Radio Astronomy Lab

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a low-frequency precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The telescope operates between 70 and 300 MHz and is located on the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia. The instrument is operated by Curtin University on behalf of a consortium of 21 international partner organisations spanning 6 countries. The telescope was recently upgraded with an additional 2048 dipole antennas spread out over a ~5km area. I will provide an update on the capabilities of the expanded array; the Phase II MWA, and discuss some of the expected improvements in science expected in the near future.