Australian Institute of Physics
South Australian Branch
AIP/ASSA joint meeting
"Radio Telescopes of the Future"
by Dr Melanie Johnston-Hollitt LOFAR Fellow
Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands
- At the end of the last century, the launch of satellite instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the commissioning of 10m class reflectors allowed optical astronomy to experience an era of unparalleled success. Now in the 21st century, radio astronomy will undergo a similar renaissance. Several exciting new instruments are currently planned or under development, which, when completed, will provide a unique view of the Universe. Two such instruments are the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). I will discuss details of these complementary interferometric arrays and give a glimpse of the exciting and, in some cases, revolutionary science these devices will allow.