LOFAR Technical Information


LOFAR, the Low frequency Array, is a next-generation electronically steered phased array radio telescope. LOFAR's capabilities are revolutionising the astronomical capabilities in the 10-240 MHz range.

These web pages describe the general signal path, major observing modes, and their post processing options from the perspective of the potential user.  In some instances, some modes are noted as being "Expert Mode": These are generally modes which require more manual intervention than the regular modes and are offered only to users who are familiar with them from their own commissioning work.  

A more detailed description of the LOFAR array can be found in van Haarlem et al. 2013 (http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.3550)


Major Observing modes

Signal Path

Antennas Description

Station Description and Configuration

Array Configuration

Imaging Capability and Sensitivity

Frequency and Subband Selection

Beam Definition 

Transient Buffer Boards

Data Products and Management

Data quality inspection

CEP facilities

Functionality enhancements

System notes 




For further information you can contact the sciencesupport [at] astron [dot] nl (LOFAR Science Support Group)


Design: Kuenst.    Development: Dripl.    © 2015 ASTRON