VLA Sky Survey Special Session

by Davis Murphy last modified Sep 13, 2018

VLA Sky Survey Special Session

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PST
American Astronomical Society meeting: Seattle, Washington

The Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS) is the first synoptic all-sky radio survey. Observations began in the Fall of 2017 and will continue until 2024. VLASS will be observed in three epochs, across a wide bandwidth (2-4GHz), with calibration in the I,Q and U Stokes parameters, and with high angular resolution (2.5”) over the whole sky north of declination -40 deg. The sensitivity goal is an RMS of 120 μJy per epoch, or 69 μJy when all three epochs are combined. Observations of the first epoch are now complete over half the sky, and science-ready data products are being produced by NRAO to allow exploitation of this new dataset. In this Special Session, our invited speakers from the radio astronomy community will discuss the possibilities for novel scientific studies using the VLASS data such as time domain and wide-band polarimetric studies. They will also discuss the commensal VCSS low frequency survey and application of machine learning techniques to VLASS data. Speakers will also describe the available data products and the tools available to obtain and use them. We will also accept contributed talks and posters from a range of backgrounds to ensure a diverse and inclusive representation of our users.