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Challenges for geodetic VLBI in the southern hemisphere
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 09:42 authored by Lucia McCallumLucia McCallum, James LovellJames Lovell, Stanislav ShabalaStanislav Shabala, Bohm, J, Titov, O
Inhomogeneous networks and reference frames are an important issue for Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). In this work we examine the performance of southern stations and baselines in routine VLBI experiments. A positive impact on baseline length repeatabilities of the increased observing effort by the Australian AuScope VLBI antennas is found by analysing three years of global rapid-turnaround VLBI sessions: while worse results are found for southern baselines compared to northern baselines for the first half of the investigated sessions, the northern and southern baseline length repeatabilities are about the same in the second half of the period. In simulations, the actual observing plan with a significantly lower number of observations for southern stations is identified as a major reason for the worse length WRMS for southern baselines, though other factors seem to influence the results as well. Simulating radio source position uncertainties, effects of up to 10 mm are found on baseline length WRMS for long southern baselines. Improving all source position uncertainties through more frequent observations to better than 50 μas could reduce this effect by up to 30%.
Australian Research Council
Publication titleAdvances in Space Research
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherPergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Place of publicationThe Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, England, Ox5 1Gb
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