Journal article

Field deployment of prototype antenna tiles for the Mileura Widefield Array Low Frequency Demonstrator

Judd D Bowman, David G Barnes, Frank H Briggs, Brian E Corey, Merv J Lynch, ND Ramesh Bhat, Roger J Cappallo, Sheperd S Doeleman, Brian J Fanous, David Herne, Jacqueline N Hewitt, Chris Johnston, Justin C Kasper, Jonathon Kocz, Eric Kratzenberg, Colin J Lonsdale, Miguel F Morales, Divya Oberoi, Joseph E Salah, Bruce Stansby Show all

ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

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 tr..

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