LoFASM: A Low Frequency All Sky Monitor for Radio Transients and Student Training
Final rept. 20 Feb 2012-19 Feb 2015
TEXAS UNIV AT BROWNSVILLE
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The Low-Frequency All-Sky Monitor LoFASM is an innovative new radio astronomy observatory. Designed and built by faculty and by graduate, undergraduate, and high-school students, it is the first instrument specifically designed for the detection of low-frequency 10 to 88 MHz astrophysical radio transients. It consists of four geographically-separated stations, each comprising 12 phased array dipole antennas. All four stations have now started taking data. The observatory has also been a vital recruiting and training tool for physics students from the South Texas region. LoFASM was instrumental in establishing the Spacecraft Tracking and Astronomical Research into Gigahertz Astrophysical Transient Emission STARGATE project, a public-private partnership between UTBs Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy and SpaceX, focused on RF technology innovation and commercialization. Where this DoD grant funded the deployment and commissioning of LoFASM, an NSF grant has recently been secured to fund its ongoing scientific operations.
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