Invitation for Canadians to join the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is the precursor of SKA-Low and is a powerful science facility in its own right (see http://mwatelescope.org for details).

The MWA’s particular attributes include:
– wide frequency range (70–300 MHz) with flexible tuning
– a very wide field of view (hundreds of square degrees)
– high angular resolution (several arcminutes)
– extreme (digital) pointing agility

MWA phase 2, which has improved the sensitivity of the array by an order of magnitude, is now operating. A further upgrade, MWA phase 3, is in the planning stages.

The MWA is an international collaboration, with partners from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, India, Canada and the United States. Canada is a full member of the MWA project, with representation on the MWA Board.

Canadian astronomers who wish to join the MWA Consortium and to consequently gain access to MWA data, software tools and science collaborations should contact Bryan Gaensler (bryan.gaensler@utoronto.ca) by Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

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