The deadline to submit WSRT proposals is:
Submission via the web-based tool NorthStar, category regular.
Observing proposals are solicited for observing
time remaining before the transition to APERTIF on the WSRT with MFFE
receivers in 2014 and beginning of 2015.
Astronomers from all countries can apply for observing time on the WSRT; overall science merit will be the primary selection criterion for allocation, subject to technical feasibility and scheduling constraints.
Descriptions of the Urgent and Service proposal categories
can be found via the "Policy for WSRT Observing" of
website; these can be submitted at any
General information on the capabilities of the WSRT, with its 14x25m dishes, suite of sensitive receivers spanning 250 MHz to 8.7 GHz, powerful and flexible correlator, and pulsar and VLBI backends, can be obtained online.
Proposers should consider designing projects and samples to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the generally unevenly distributed oversubscription as a function of Right Ascension (i.e., LST); some recent histograms are shown online. Proposals for projects that can be executed in multiple 24 hour blocks are also expressly invited, because of the logistical ease in carrying them out.
Since Semester 10B, astronomers can query the WSRT archive online for WSRT data that have been taken since 2000. Data that are in the public domain, can then be requested by sending an email to wsrt-support [at] astron [dot] nl, identifying the project name and the sources they require.
Proposers should take note of EU encouragement to form teams with a European dimension, as it provides valuable financial support. When both the PI and at least 50% of the proposers have an affiliation outside The Netherlands, yet in an EU or affiliated country, their approved WSRT proposals are eligible for RadioNet TransNational Access support.
WSRT proposals of any kind must be submitted only via the web-based tool, NorthStar.
Director, Radio Observatory at ASTRON