I-LOFAR

 

I-LOFAR is the Irish addition to the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) network and the 12th international station to be built in Europe. The network uses state-of-the-art data processing and storage systems as well as sophisticated computing techniques to combine the entire network into a telescope with the effective size of the European continent. It will allow Irish astrophysical research to be integrated into one of the most sophisticated telescopes on the planet. The location of this Irish station is in the centre of the country at the Rosse Solar Terestrial Observatory on the grounds of Birr Castle, Co. Offaly.

geographic longitude: 07° 55′ 19″
geographic latitude: 53° 05′ 42″
altitude above sea level: 75 m

Frequencies used:

Frequency band    Observing mode
10 – 90 MHz (Low Band Antennas)    interferometer
110 – 250 MHz (High Band Antennas)    interferometer

Research programs: cosmology (epoch of reionisation, EOR), extra-galactic and galactic research (deep extragalactic surveys, transient sources, ultra high energy cosmic rays, pulsars), geophysics and even precision agriculture.