The combination of low frequencies, omni-directional antennae, high-speed data transport and computing means that LOFAR will open a new era in the monitoring of the radio sky. It will be possible to make sensitive radio maps of the entire sky visible from The Netherlands (about 60% of the entire sky) in only one night.

Transient radio phenomena, only hinted at by previous narrow-field surveys, will be discovered, rapidly localised with unprecedented accuracy, and automatically compared to data from other facilities (e.g. gamma-ray, optical, X-ray observatories). Such transient phenomena may be associated with exploding stars, black holes, flares on sun-like stars, radio bursts from exoplanets or even SETI signals. In addition this key science project will make a deep survey for radio pulsars at low radio frequencies, and will hope to detect giant radio bursts from rotating neutron stars in distant galaxies.

LOFAR is now beginning to collect science-quality data. This workshop is designed to present first results from commissioning of LOFAR and plan for early science.

News & Announcements

January 6, 2009: Slides now available for download

Slides for most of the presentations given at the workshop are now available on the schedule page. Speakers whose slides are not yet available are encouraged to log in to the website and upload them, preferably as a PDF.

Many thanks to all those who attended the workshop and made it a success!

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December 20, 2008: Workshop complete

The workshop is now complete. Thanks to all those who attended and made it a success!

Speakers are reminded to upload their talks (through the profile page), preferably in PDF format: we will make these available through the website shortly.

November 11, 2008: Workshop schedule available

The workshop schedule is now available.

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