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T. Oosterloo, M. Verheijen, W. van Cappellen

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We describe a Phased Array Feed (PAF) system, called Apertif, which will be installed in the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT). The aim of Apertif is, at frequencies from 1.0 to 1.7 GHz, to increase the instantaneous field of view of the WSRT 8 deg^2 and its observing bandwidth to 300 MHz with high spectral resolution. This system will turn the WSRT into an effective survey telescope with scientific applications ranging from deep surveys of the northern sky of HI and OH emission and polarised continuum to efficient searches for pulsars and transients. We present results obtained with a prototype PAF installed in one of the WSRT dishes. These results demonstrate that at decimetre wavelengths PAFs have excellent performance and that even for a single beam on the sky they outperform single feed radio dishes. PAFs turn radio telescopes into very effective survey instruments. Apertif is now fully funded and the community is invited to express their interest in using Apertif (http://www.astron.nl/radio-observatory/call-expressions-interest-apertif-surveys )
Originele taal-2English
Titel"Proceedings of the ISKAF2010 Science Meeting. June 10 -14 2010. Assen, the Netherlands. Published online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=112, p.43"
Pagina's43-
StatusPublished - 2010

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