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First light for the international LOFAR station in Potsdam

Submitter: Prof. Gottfried Mann on behalf of the Astrophysikalische Institute Potsdam
Description: On December 10, 2009 the remote LOFAR station in Potsdam-Bornim (Germany) has seen first light. The Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (AIP) is establishing a remote LOFAR station in Potsdam in collaboration with ASTRON. The low-band antenna field (30-80 MHz) has been completed in October/November this year by the Astrophysikalische Institut Potsdam (AIP) (see left picture). This has been possible thanks to both the dedicated work of the people at the AIP involved and the good weather conditions during the
construction phase.

In the second week of December, a team from ASTRON (Yde Koopman, Paul Riemers, Menno Norden, Klaas Stuurwold) finished the installation of the electronics in the cabinet and connected the antennas with the central unit in the cabinet.

On Thursday, December 10, at noon the first radio map was taken (right). It shows the sky at 47 MHz with the bright radio sources Cas A and Cyg A.
Copyright: Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam
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