U.S. Radio Futures II Registration Open
Funded by AUI and the Kavli Foundation, the second of three conferences for the astronomical community to broadly discuss potential U.S. futures for radio-mm-submm science in the 2020’s and beyond will be held 3-5 Aug 2016 in Baltimore. Registration is now open!
Telescope Time: Semester 2016B
The Observatory has completed the Semester 2016B time allocation process for the VLA, the VLBA / HSA, and the GBT. A total of 326 new proposals were received for the 1 February 2016 submission deadline. A record number of proposals was received for the Global 3mm VLBI Array as a result, in part, of the participation of ALMA (Cycle 4) for the first time. In aggregate, the proposals covered a broad spectrum of modern research in astronomy and astrophysics. Read more…
The VLA Sky Survey Pilot Begins
The Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS) will be a three-epoch (32-month cadence), all-sky, S-band (2-4 GHz) continuum polarimetry survey with 2.5-arcsec resolution. The survey will span 7 years and 6 VLA configuration cycles, and will begin in 2017, pending achievement of the design phase milestones. The total VLA telescope time required for the survey is ~5400 hours, or ~900 hours per configuration cycle. Read more…
MUSTANG-2 First Light at GBT
On 23 May, the MUSTANG-2 camera achieved first light on the NRAO GBT. MUSTANG-2 is an array of 211 feed horns outfitted with Transition-Edge Superconducting bolometers, read out by a microwave resonator multiplexer. The detectors are cooled to 300 mK to improve their sensitivity. With a larger, 4-arcmin FOV and more numerous, sensitive detectors than its precursor, MUSTANG-2 enables detailed study of phenomena from dust in our Galaxy to the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Effect in distant galaxy clusters. After an evaluation period, the receiver will return for GBT science observations in the fall.
New CDL Director - Brent Carlson
We are pleased to announce that Brent Carlson will be the next Director of the NRAO Central Development Laboratory (CDL). Brent is currently a Senior Engineer working for the National Research Council of Canada at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory and is widely-acknowledged as the global expert in digital engineering for radio astronomy, including correlator design and construction. As NRAO continues to develop future instrumental options, such as the next-generation VLA and phased array feeds for ALMA, Brent’s experience, creativity, and organizational skills will quickly move the CDL into leadership roles across several key technologies. Brent will take up his position as CDL Director in August.
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