The long-awaited LOFAR overview paper has now been accepted for publication in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. This paper is intended to serve as a general reference and gives an overview of the LOFAR instrument, its major hardware and software components, and the core science objectives that have driven its design. The paper also presents a selection of new results from the commissioning phase of this new radio observatory.
Published by the editorial team, 27 May 2013
Over two years in the making, the paper features 56 pages, 34 figures, and 200 authors. The paper will be published in a forthcoming volume of Astronomy & Astrophysics, but in the meantime copies can be downloaded from the astro-ph archive:
The release of the paper is well timed of course to take advantage of the tsunami of citations sure to be produced by the flood of science papers expected from the first year of LOFAR regular operations. In addition, this paper will hopefully be the first of many more reference papers detailing the various components of the LOFAR system including the pipelines, archive, and MSSS surveys.