LOFAR Transients Key Science Project collaboration Meeting
PlanetData has sponsored its partner, CWI, in participating the LOFAR Transients Key Science Project collaboration Meeting, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on June 27-29, 2011.
LOFAR, the LOw Frequency ARray, is an innovative new radio telescope currently under construction in the Netherlands, which will continuously monitor the radio sky in the frequency range 10‚Äì240 MHz. The study of transient sources is one of the key science projects of LOFAR. Under this remit come all time-variable astronomical radio sources, including pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, X-ray binaries, radio supernovae, flare stars, and even exo-planets. With its continuous monitoring of a large area of sky, it is hoped that LOFAR will detect many new transient events, and provide alerts to the international community for follow-up observations at other wavelengths.
The project has been subdivided into five basic scientific working groups:
- Jet sources: AGN, GRBs, accreting white dwarfs, neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes
- Pulsars: classical radio pulsars, AXPs, RRATs
- Planets: solar system objects and exoplanets
- Flare stars: M, L, and T dwarfs and active binaries
- Serendipity: hitherto unexplored parameter space