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Capabilities and Specifications

EVLA Capabilities and Specifications

VLA Capabilities and Specifications

After the conclusion of the EVLA project, the VLA currently provides (or will soon provide) the following capabilities:

  • Sensitivity: Continuum sensitivity improvement over the old VLA by factors of 5 to 20: point-source sensitivity after one hour between 2 and 6 μJy (between 1 and 50 GHz, dependent on band).
  • Frequency Accessibility: Operation at any frequency between 1.0 and 50 GHz, with up to 8 GHz bandwidth per polarization, 64 independently tunable sub-band pairs, each providing full polarization capabilities.
  • Spectral Capability: A minimum of 16,384 and a maximum of 4,194,304 channels, adjustable frequency resolution between 2 MHz and 0.2 Hz, and extensive capabilities to allocate correlator resources.
  • Imaging Capability: Spatial dynamic range greater than 106, frequency dynamic range greater than 105, with noise-limited, full-field imaging in all Stokes parameters.
  • Operations: Dynamic scheduling, based on weather, array configuration, and science requirements. "Default" images automatically produced, with all data products archived.