I-LOFAR – Exploring the Radio Universe from Ireland

Welcome to the Irish Low Frequency Array (I-LOFAR) website. I-LOFAR is the Irish station in a European-wide network of state-of-the-art radio telescopes, used to observe the Universe at low frequencies (10-240 MHz). With the award of €1.4 million from Science Foundation Ireland, the I-LOFAR consortium have built a cutting-edge astrophysics observing facility in Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, in the midlands of Ireland. This facility connects Ireland to the International LOFAR Telescope, which is one of the most sophisticated and advanced astrophysics research projects in the world. The integration of Irish astrophysics into such a large scale international astrophysics research facility allows Irish researchers to make ground-breaking advances in numerous fields of physics and data science, and inspire young scientists and engineers to pursue the advancement of Irish astrophysics for decades to come.

I-LOFAR

I-LOFAR is a low frequency radio telescope based at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly in Ireland. It connects to the International LOFAR Telescope network which stretches nearly 2,000 km from Ireland to Poland.

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Team

The I-LOFAR Consortium primarily includes researchers from Ireland and Northern Ireland, but also includes leading scientists from the UK, the Netherlands and the US.

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Education

I-LOFAR represents a great opportunity to engage with school children of all ages and teach them about the exciting I-LOFAR research in physics, engineering and data science.

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Support

I-LOFAR are seeking Donors to support this exciting project, following generous donations from Dermot Desmond, Denis O’Brien and Joe Hogan. Please contact Professor Peter Gallagher for further details.

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Focus on

Research Summer Internship Programme with I-LOFAR

Breakthrough Listen sponsored Summer Internship with I-LOFAR Would…

Summer Internship Programme with I-LOFAR

Would you like to spend the summer working at a world-class radio…

February Mid-Term Guided Tours - Astronomy in Birr

This walking tour takes you through nearly 180 years of astronomy…

Consortium

Big Questions That LOFAR Could Answer

Are we alone in the universe?

LOFAR will enable scientists to search for planets in other star systems, and also to detect very weak radio signals from far away, perhaps indicating intelligent life.

How do clusters of galaxies, galaxies, stars and planets form?

LOFAR will provide clues to the processes forming the Universe today, including the origins of magnetic fields and cosmic rays, the birth of stars and planets, and perhaps the origin of life.

How does the sun affect the earth?

Solar storms can produce spectacular auroral displays, but large events can interrupt GPS, damage satellites, and disrupt power grids. LOFAR will track these disruptive storms, enabling us to better forecast their impacts at Earth.

What did the universe look like soon after the big bang?

LOFAR will take radio images of the Universe soon after the Big
Bang, enabling us to understand its origins and early evolution.

What are black holes?

These enigmatic objects were predicted by Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. LOFAR will enable us to study black holes in the centre of distant galaxies with more detail than ever before.

Where can I see all of this?

Birr Castle, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland!

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Latest News

Visit to LOFAR Potsdam

Members of the I-LOFAR consortium visited the international LOFAR…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

LOFAR Telescope First Results!

Scientists from the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT) today…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

I-LOFAR Project Update

Dr. Peter Gallagher gave an update on I-LOFAR at an ESFRI meeting…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

I-LOFAR featured in Irish Times

“As US funding wanes, European scientists are taking the lead…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

I-LOFAR ENDORSEMENTS FROM NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES

The Irish LOFAR Consortium has received its strongest support…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

I-LOFAR KO MEETING TAKES PLACE

The kick-off meeting of the I-LOFAR Consortium took place in…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

International LOFAR Talk

I-LOFAR was presented at the International LOFAR Telescope Consortium…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

I-LOFAR white paper

We have prepared a white paper that outlines our plans for the…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

I-LOFAR KICK-OFF MEETING AT RIA

The I-LOFAR kick-off meeting will take place at the Royal Irish…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

I-LOFAR PRESENTED AT SFI SUMMIT 2010

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)’s 2010 Science Summit was…
April 9, 2017/by Hannah Currivan

LOFAR telescope array expands into Ireland

The world's largest connected radio telescope is about to become…
April 3, 2017/by alomeara

ILOFAR Groundworks Progress

In unseasonably favorable weather, the footprint for the latest…
April 3, 2017/by alomeara

Supporters

Birr Kids Space Ireland
Birr Scientific & Heritage Foundation
Grant Engineering
Joe Hogan (Openet)
Dermot Desmond
Denis O’Brien
Birr Lions Club
Birr Chamber of Commerce

Funders

Science Foundation Ireland
Enterprise Ireland
Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation
Offaly County Council
Dept. of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural, and Gaeltacht

Consortium Members

TCD
Armagh
UCD
DCU
UCC
NUIG
DIAS
AIT

Location

Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre
Rosse Row, Birr,
County Offaly,
R42 VO27

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