LOFAR for Space Weather: Evolving the System Design The LOFAR4SW design, being undertaken under a Horizon2020 design study project, is developing rapidly following a recent Science and System Definition Workshop, and is now being prepared for the Preliminary Design Review.
The workshop focussed on finalising and
cases) scenarios and how the telescope would
defining the space-weather science and
need to change modes automatically to
monitoring desires, converting the science
capture the increased science opportunities
requirements that were fed into the
during enhanced space-weather activity.
workshop into the higher-level requirements
Initial thoughts on the Operational aspects
needed to further develop the hardware and
of the LOFAR4SW system were discussed,
alongside much valuable work on the HBA tile beamformer design and potential
These are key steps in the progress towards
implementation of it based on the â€œevolvingâ€?
the documentation for the Preliminary
requirements throughout the workshop
Design Review (PDR) scheduled for 2-4 February 2019.
The workshop was a very-intense affair, and has set us on a strong path for PDR
The core set of observing requirements for
general space-weather monitoring were set along with space-weather science (interesting
Pieter Benthem (email@example.com), Mario Bisi (UKRI), Richard Fallows (ASTRON) The LOFAR4SW design study addresses all conceptual and technical aspects required to upgrade the LOFAR radio telescope, systemwide, to take on a parallel role as a highly innovative new facility that enables largescale monitoring projects generating unique data for the European (and worldwide) space weather research community, offering great potential for improved precision and advance warning of space weather events affecting crucial infrastructures on earth. The main goal of the Science and System Definition Workshop, hosted in Cardiff, 1720 September 2018 was to to translate the LOFAR space weather use cases into science and system requirements. The workshop was hosted/organised by UKRI (formerly STFC). There were a total of 21 participants from across all partners. A photograph of the majority of the participants can be found as figure 1.
ASTRON News / Winter 2018
Figure 1: Group picture of the attenees of the LOFAR4SW Science and System Definition Workshop at Cardiff.