Survey Science with the SKA Molongo Pathfinder

Anne Green
2012 Proceedings of Resolving The Sky - Radio Interferometry: Past, Present and Future — PoS(RTS2012)   unpublished
The Square Kilometre Array Molonglo Prototype (SKAMP) is a project using innovative technologies to transform the scientific capabilities of the University of Sydney's Molonglo Radio Telescope, located outside Canberra. SKAMP is trialling technologies and concepts as a pathfinder project for the Square Kilometre Array. The project has the goal to replace the whole signal chain with wide-band digital devices to produce a dual-polarisation 12,480-channel spectrometer operating in the band 700
more » ... in the band 700 -1200 MHz with an instantaneous operating bandwidth of about 95 MHz. The angular resolution of the telescope will be unchanged at about 45 . The spectral resolution will be 7.5 kHz per channel (2.5 km s −1 at 843 MHz) and the continuum source sensitivity will be about 200 µJy beam −1 . The project is currently completing the second stage, to enable a spectral line capability. Three key science projects from this second stage (SKAMP-2) will be characterising the dynamic radio sky, a survey of red-shifted HI to test models of galaxy assembly and studies of the ionised interstellar medium. These surveys and current progress are described.
doi:10.22323/1.163.0019 fatcat:ibqeq6xbvbc6znqatfg4a3hcge