LOFAR: Recent Imaging Results and Future Prospects
George Heald Michael R. Bell Andreas Horneffer André R. Offringa Roberto Pizzo Sebastiaan van der Tol Reinout J. van Weeren Joris E. van Zwieten James M. Anderson Rainer Beck Ilse van Bemmel Laura Bîrzan Annalisa Bonafede John Conway Chiara Ferrari Francesco De Gasperin Marijke Haverkorn Neal Jackson Giulia Macario John McKean Halime Miraghaei Emanuela Orrù David Rafferty Huub Röttgering Anna Scaife Aleksandar Shulevski Carlos Sotomayor Cyril Tasse Monica Trasatti Olaf Wucknitz
The Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) is under construction in the Netherlands and in several surrounding European countries. In this contribution, we describe the layout and design of the telescope, with particular emphasis on the imaging characteristics of the array when used in its `standard imaging’ mode. After briefly reviewing the calibration and imaging software used for LOFAR image processing, we show some recent results from the ongoing imaging commissioning efforts. We conclude by summarizing future prospects for the use of LOFAR in observing the little-explored low-frequency Universe.
George Heald1 Michael R. Bell2 Andreas Horneffer3 André R. Offringa4 Roberto Pizzo1 Sebastiaan van der Tol5 Reinout J. van Weeren5 Joris E. van Zwieten1 James M. Anderson3 Rainer Beck3 Ilse van Bemmel1 Laura Bîrzan5 Annalisa Bonafede6 John Conway7 Chiara Ferrari8 Francesco De Gasperin2 Marijke Haverkorn1 5 Neal Jackson9 Giulia Macario10 John McKean1 Halime Miraghaei3 11 12 Emanuela Orrù13 David Rafferty5 Huub Röttgering5 Anna Scaife14 Aleksandar Shulevski4 Carlos Sotomayor15 Cyril Tasse16 Monica Trasatti17 Olaf Wucknitz17
Volume 43, 2022
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