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LOFAR for Space Weather (LOFAR4SW) – New capabilities for Space Weather science with Europe's Largest Radio Telescope

Hanna Rothkaehl - CBK PAN; Barbara Matyjasiak - CBK PAN, Poland; Mario Bisi - RAL Space, UK Research and Innovation – Science & Technology Facilities Council – Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,, United Kingdom; Carla Baldovin baldovin@astron.nl - ASTRON – the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Netherlands; David Barnes - RAL Space, UK Research and Innovation – Science & Technology Facilities Council – Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,, United Kingdom; Eoin Carley - Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), Ireland; Tobia Carozzi - Onsala Space Observatory (OSO),, Sweden; Richard A. Fallows - ASTRON – the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Netherlands; Peter T. Gallagher - Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), Ireland; Maaijke Mevius - ASTRON – the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Netherlands; Stuart C. Robertson - RAL Space, UK Research and Innovation – Science & Technology Facilities Council – Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,, United Kingdom; Mark Ruiter - ASTRON – the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Netherlands; Joris Verbiest - Bielefeld University, Bielefeld,, Germany; René Vermeulen - ASTRON – the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Netherlands; Nicole Vilmer - Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France

Session: Space Weather Instrumentation


Abstract

The LOFAR4SW project is designing an upgrade to Europe's foremost radio telescope, the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) which, if implemented, would bring new capabilities to Space Weather (SW) science. The project is realised in the frame of Horizon 2020. The final design will provide a full conceptual and technical description of the LOFAR upgrade, to enable simultaneous operation as a radio telescope for astronomical research as well as an infrastructure working for Space Weather studies.

The already significant scientific studies made within the SW domain include: ultra-fine scale structure seen in Type II solar radio bursts; the highest-resolution sub-100MHz images of radio bursts yet achieved; observing the full passage of CMEs traversing the heliosphere; developing the capability to detect Faraday rotation from a CME magnetic field, and observing scintillation from two simultaneous Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs).

A recent key milestone in the project timeline was a LOFAR4SW User Workshop which took place in May 2020. The meeting gave an opportunity for the project team to verify the developed operation and scientific scenarios with the Space Weather community needs, and providing major input to the final phase of the project and future implementation plan.



Approaching deadlines:

Registration opens:

16 July 2020

Abstract submission opens:

16 July 2020

European Space Weather Medals:

6 September 2020

Registration deadline:

25 September 2020

Registration deadline: [extended]

10 October 2020

Abstract submission deadline:

4 September 2020