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Field Deployment of Prototype Antenna Tiles for the Mileura Widefield Array Low Frequency Demonstrator
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 19:34 authored by Bowman, JD, Barnes, DG, Briggs, FH, Corey, BE, Lynch, MJ, Bhat, NDR, Cappallo, RJ, Doeleman, SS, Fanous, BJ, Herne, D, Hewitt, JN, Johnston, C, Kasper, JC, Kocz, J, Kratzenberg, E, Lonsdale, CJ, Morales, MF, Oberoi, D, Salah, JE, Stansby, B, Stevens, JB, Torr, G, Wayth, R, Webster, RL, Wyithe, JSB
Experiments were performed with prototype antenna tiles for the Mileura Widefield Array Low Frequency Demonstrator (MWA LFD) to better understand the wide-field, wide-band properties of their design and to characterize the radio-frequency interference (RFI) between 80 and 300 MHz at the site in Western Australia. Observations acquired during the 6 month deployment confirmed the predicted sensitivity of the antennas, sky-noise-dominated system temperatures, and phase-coherent interferometric measurements. The radio spectrum is remarkably free of strong terrestrial signals, with the exception of two narrow frequency bands allocated to satellite downlinks, and rare bursts due to ground-based transmissions being scattered from aircraft and meteor trails. Results indicate the potential of the MWA LFD to make significant achievements in its three key science objectives: epoch of reionization science, heliospheric science, and radio transient detection. Â© 2007. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Publication titleThe Astronomical Journal
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Place of publicationChicago, USA