Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch

AIP/ASSA joint meeting

The annual joint meeting with the Astronomical Society of South Australia

Wednesday, August 6th, 2003, at 8:00pm
Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre ,
Physics Building, University of Adelaide

Visitors welcome

"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.