Accession Number : ADA626417


Title :   LoFASM: A Low Frequency All Sky Monitor for Radio Transients and Student Training


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 20 Feb 2012-19 Feb 2015


Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV AT BROWNSVILLE


Personal Author(s) : Jenet, Fredrick ; Creighton, Teviet ; Price, Richard


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a626417.pdf


Report Date : 02 Sep 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 12


Abstract : The Low-Frequency All-Sky Monitor (LoFASM) is an innovative new radio astronomy observatory. Designed and built by faculty and by graduate, undergraduate, and high-school students, it is the first instrument specifically designed for the detection of low-frequency (10 to 88 MHz) astrophysical radio transients. It consists of four geographically-separated stations, each comprising 12 phased array dipole antennas. All four stations have now started taking data. The observatory has also been a vital recruiting and training tool for physics students from the South Texas region. LoFASM was instrumental in establishing the Spacecraft Tracking and Astronomical Research into Gigahertz Astrophysical Transient Emission (STARGATE) project, a public-private partnership between UTB's Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy and SpaceX, focused on RF technology innovation and commercialization. Where this DoD grant funded the deployment and commissioning of LoFASM, an NSF grant has recently been secured to fund its ongoing scientific operations.


Descriptors :   *LOW FREQUENCY , *RADIO ASTRONOMY , ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORIES , ASTROPHYSICS , DETECTION , DIPOLE ANTENNAS , INSTRUMENTATION , OBSERVATORIES , OPTIMIZATION , PHASED ARRAYS , RADIO SIGNALS , STUDENTS , TRACKING , TRAINING , TRANSIENTS


Subject Categories : Astrophysics
      Electrical and Electronic Equipment


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE