LOFAR imaging capabilities and sensitivity


These pages describe the general astronomical capabilities (imaging capability and sensitivity) of LOFAR

A review on the imaging capabilities, such as station Full Width Half Maximum, station Field of View, and array resolution, can be found in the LOFAR Imaging Capabilities subsection.

A summary of the system sensitivity calculation methods is provided in the LOFAR Sensitivity subsection, including the theoretical (i.e. for the compete array and assuming ideal performance of the instrument) thermal noise levels in LOFAR images. 

For more practical information on the actual sensitivity of the current configuration readers should consult the corresponding "Interferometric Modes", "Beam Formed Modes" and "Direct Storage Mode"  pages.

Finally, we also refer the user to Cautionary notes.  

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