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Australia Telescope. Operated by CSIRO as a National Facility since 1990 As a National Facility, the Australia Telescope provides world-class observing facilities in radio astronomy for astronomers at Australian and overseas institutions. Facilities. Parkes 64m diameter single dish

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Australia telescope

Australia Telescope

  • Operated by CSIRO as a National Facility since 1990

  • As a National Facility, the Australia Telescope provides world-class observing facilities in radio astronomy for astronomers at Australian and overseas institutions.

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Facilities

Facilities

  • Parkes

    • 64m diameter single dish

    • Operates over many bands in 0.44 - 22 GHz

    • including the 13-beam 21cm receiver

  • Compact Array (Narrabri)

    • Aperture synthesis array of 6 22m dishes, 6km baseline

    • 1.2 – 1.7, 2.2 – 2.6, 4.4 – 6.7, 8.0 – 9.2 GHz

    • 16 – 25 and 84 – 106 GHz

  • Mopra (Coonabarabran)

    • 22m single dish

    • 1.2 – 1.7, 2.2 – 2.6, 4.4 – 6.7, 8.0 – 9.2 GHz

    • 85 - 115 GHz

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Facilities1

Facilities

  • Long Baseline Array (LBA)

    • Parkes, Mopra, ATCA

    • Hobart & Ceduna (U Tasmania)

    • Tidbinbilla (NASA Deep Space Network)

    • offshore facilites

  • Headquarters, LBA correlator and engineering development in Marsfield

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Past decade instrumentation

Past decade - Instrumentation

  • Parkes

    • 13-beam 21cm receiver

    • 8GHz receiver and surface upgrade to 54m

    • Wideband digital correlator

    • 10/50cm receiver

  • ATCA

    • 214m North Spur

    • 12/3.5mm upgrade

  • Mopra

    • 600 MHz digital spectrometer

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Past decade science

Past decade - Science

  • Pulsar surveys

    • ~1000 pulsars discovered

    • Double pulsar

  • HI surveys

    • SGPS

    • HIPASS

  • Deep radio continuum

    • Hubble/Chandra deep fields

    • 20GHz ATCA survey

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Usage atca

Usage - ATCA

  • Long Baseline Array (LBA)

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Usage parkes

Usage - Parkes

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User profile

User Profile

Compact Array

Parkes

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Publications

Publications

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Student training

Student training

  • ATNF-affiliated PhD students

    • Joint University-ATNF supervision

    • Free accommodation at observatories

    • Support for page charges and one overseas trip

    • Top-up scholarships available via CSIRO (~2 per year)

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Student training1

Student training

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Atnf developments

ATNF Developments

The Big Five

  • New Technology Demonstrator (NTD)

    • Part of SKA Roadmap

  • Compact Array Broadband Backend (CABB)

    • 512MHz Digital Filter Bank (DFB) operational

    • 2GHz available @ Mopra by June 2005

    • 8GHz @ ATCA by Jun 07

      • Priority of broadband L/S & C/X upgrade?

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Atnf developments1

ATNF Developments

The Big Five (continued)

  • Parkes Methanol Multibeam 6 - 6.7 GHz (w/Jodrell Bank)

    • Preliminary mechanical design complete

    • Oct 2005 installation

  • ATCA 7mm system

    • Construction cost A$6.4M

      • 50:50 cost sharing

    • Commissioning Q4 2006 (w/CABB: Q2 2007)

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Atnf developments2

ATNF Developments

The Big Five (continued)

  • eVLBI

    • All stations network-ready

    • 512MB/s achieved

      • Huygens demo

      • 31s photon-to-fringe

    • Network connections

      • July 2005?

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Future strategic directions

Future Strategic Directions

  • ATCA

    • Maximise pre-ALMA window-of-opportunity

  • Parkes

    • Major survey programs

  • Mileura

    • xNTD operations

  • Australasian LBA

    • eVLBI network (PKS/ATCA/Hobart/Ceduna/Mileura/NZ)

  • ATNF

    • SKA development

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Atnf issues

ATNF Issues

  • Future of Mopra

  • Extent of engagement in Virtual Observatory

  • Managing 3 sites

    • Investment in new technology: NBR/PKS v SKA

  • Remote/queue observing

  • Major new initiatives

    • Extend N Spur @ Narrabri?

    • 20GHz Multibeam/FPA development @ Parkes?

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


Future

Future

Mileura

Narrabri/Mopra

Parkes

2005

Pulsar DFB

MOPS

6GHz m’beam

2006

eVLBI

eVLBI

7mm

2007

20GHz M’beam?

NTD

CABB

2008

FPA?

Ext N Spur?

xNTD

2009

Decadal Plan UNSW, 17 Dec 2004


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