Low Frequency Radio Astronomy and the LOFAR Observatory

Lectures from the Third LOFAR Data Processing School

  • George Heald
  • John McKean
  • Roberto Pizzo

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 426)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introduction to Low-Frequency Radio Astronomy and the LOFAR Telescope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michiel A. Brentjens, Jan David Mol
      Pages 19-36
    3. Menne J. Norden
      Pages 37-51
  3. Fundamentals of LOFAR Data Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. John McKean, Ger de Bruyn
      Pages 65-91
    3. Elizabeth Mahony
      Pages 93-102
    4. Maaijke Mevius
      Pages 103-115
    5. Sebastiaan van der Tol
      Pages 117-137
    6. George Heald
      Pages 139-155
  4. Advanced Topics in LOFAR Data Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Michiel A. Brentjens
      Pages 159-178
    3. Javier Moldón, Eskil Varenius
      Pages 179-199
    4. J. B. Raymond Oonk
      Pages 201-210
    5. Stijn Buitink
      Pages 211-223
    6. Jason Hessels, Richard Fallows
      Pages 225-244
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-251

About this book


This book presents lecture materials from the Third LOFAR Data School, transformed into a coherent and complete reference book describing the LOFAR design, along with descriptions of primary science cases, data processing techniques, and recipes for data handling. Together with hands-on exercises the chapters, based on the lecture notes, teach fundamentals and practical knowledge. LOFAR is a new and innovative radio telescope operating at low radio frequencies (10-250 MHz) and is the first of a new generation of radio interferometers that are leading the way to the ambitious Square Kilometre Array (SKA) to be built in the next decade. This unique reference guide serves as a primary information source for research groups around the world that seek to make the most of LOFAR data, as well as those who will push these topics forward to the next level with the design, construction, and realization of the SKA. This book will also be useful as supplementary reading material for any astrophysics overview or astrophysical techniques course, particularly those geared towards radio astronomy (and radio astronomy techniques).


Interferometric Data Calibration and Imaging LOFAR Radio Telescope Low Radio Frequencies Observations Radio Astronomy Reference Guide Radio Astronomy Techniques Radio interferometers Square Kilometer Array (SKA)

Editors and affiliations

  • George Heald
    • 1
  • John McKean
    • 2
  • Roberto Pizzo
    • 3
  1. 1.CSIRO Astronomy and Space ScienceKensingtonAustralia
  2. 2.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.ASTRONDwingelooThe Netherlands

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