Entries by Peter Gallagher

Ready for Space Explorers!

On June 5, 2018 we completed the refurbishment of our new I-LOFAR Education Centre & Control Room at the Rosse Observatory, Birr Castle, Co. Offaly. The Education Centre will be used to host groups of school children, university students, researchers, and tour groups interested in learning about the fascinating science and engineering of I-LOFAR. The […]

Station Control using the LCU

Software Level Control processes in a LOFAR station are collected in groups called software levels. The user does not need to manually start and stop a number of processes, but each level contains processes for certain actions in the station, and appropriate processes are started / stopped when entering a given level. Users can query […]

Station Signal Processing Pipeline

1. Antennas LOFAR station is a wide-band radio receiver, which operates at the frequency range from 10 MHz to 240 MHz. The full reception band is divided into low band (10 MHz – 90 MHz) and high band (110 MHz – 240 MHz). The frequencies in between low band and high band are not used […]

Station Handover

Once you have completed your shift as I-LOFAR Chief Observer, please follow the following steps. Send an email to observer@astron.nl to inform ASTRON the station is ready to be handed over to international mode. CC observer@lofar.ie Send an email to observer@lofar.ie summarising the observations, mention the mode used and if other tests were run (e.g. […]

I-LOFAR User’s Guide

Welcome to the I-LOFAR User’s Guide. Below you will find details on how to log in to the I-LOFAR Control Computer (ICC) and the Local Control Computer (LCU) and how to run a variety of observation scripts. The ICC is located in the I-LOFAR Control Room, while the LCU is located in the International LOFAR […]

Introduction to Science, Operations and Data Analysis with an International LOFAR Station

School of Physics, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.  January 8-10, 2018 Summary This workshop will introduce researchers to LOFAR single-station science, operations and data analysis. The workshop will cover many aspects of an International LOFAR Station, from the capabilities of the station hardware to the software pipelines and science products that it produces. […]

Honorary Doctorates for World-Leaders in Astronomy

This week, UCD and TCD awarded Honorary Doctorates to two leading individuals in the world of astronomy. Congratulations to both Prof. George Miley, one of the originators of the LOFAR radio telescope concept, and Ms. Naledi Pandor, a key player in the development of the Square Kilometre Array and astronomy in general in South Africa. […]

I-LOFAR Consortium win SFI Award for International Engagement

Orlaigh Quinn (Secretary General of the Department of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation) and Mark Ferguson (Director General of SFI) presenting Joe McCauley, Peter Gallagher, Tom Ray and Eoin Carley from the I-LOFAR Consortium with the Best International Engagement Award at the SFI Annual Summit 2017.

I-LOFAR Education Centre Progress

The builders are back in Birr! In October 2017 our building contractor begin refurbishing the I-LOFAR Education Centre and Control Room. The Education Centre will provide a space overlooking the I-LOFAR array for team meetings and visiting groups to be hosted. The Control Room is also being refurbished to provide modern office space for our […]