The Radio Observatory is responsible for the astronomical exploitation of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR).
The Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, one of the most powerful radio observatories in the world, is an open user facility available for scientists from any country. It is also part of the European VLBI network (EVN) of radio telescopes. APERTIF (APERture Tile In Focus), a next generation observing system using focal plane array technology, is being developed for the WSRT in order to significantly expand its field of view and its survey speed, enabling new, innovative types of astronomical research.
LOFAR is a radio interferometric array consisting of many low-cost antennae, organised in stations arranged in an area of 100km diameter as well as several international stations and operating between 10 and 250 MHz.
Astronomers can request observing time for LOFAR using this NorthStar link and following the instructions given in the "Announcement for Opportunity" issued periodically.Oppurtinities for observing with APERTIF will be advertised in due course.
Technical inquiries and requests for support can be requested by e-mail to wsrt-support [at] astron [dot] nl (wsrt-support AT astron.nl) for the WSRT and to sciencesupport [at] astron [dot] nl (sciencesupport_AT_astron.nl) for LOFAR, where they will be answered or forwarded as needed.
|rvermeulen [at] astron [dot] nl (Radio Observatory director)||R. Vermeulen|
|secretaryobservatory [at] astron [dot] nl (Secretariat)||M. Tibbe, L. Elpenhof|
|sciencesupport [at] astron [dot] nl (Science Support)||R. Pizzo, L. Cerrigone, R. Fallows, M. Iacobelli, E. Orru', A. Shulevski, S. ter Veen|
|brentjens [at] astron [dot] nl (Telescope Astronomers)||M. Brentjens, A. Polatidis|
|kuper [at] astron [dot] nl (VLBI with WSRT)|| A. Polatidis, G. Kuper