Image credits 'LOFAR Surveys Team'
On 16 April 2018 the LOFAR-Italian Consortium led by INAF became a member of the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT) (www.lofar.inaf.it). The Consortium promotes also the organization of Schools to favour a successful exploitation of the LOFAR data from the Italian community.
The aim of this First Italian LOFAR School is to introduce the LOFAR system to the Italian community and to give an overview of the most updated techniques for continuum data reduction. The School will cover the many aspects of the LOFAR system, from the capabilities of the basic station hardware to the software pipelines and science products they produce. Moreover, an overview of the Italian LOFAR computing infrastructure, soon available to the entire Italian community to process LOFAR data, will be given. The school will be organized with sessions of Lectures and hands-on sessions, which will give attendees an opportunity to gain experience with data reduction procedures of real LOFAR continuum observations. Lectures and tutorials will be presented by members of the LOFAR project team, as well as staff from the many institutions involved in the international collaboration.
The first session, on June 11 afternoon, is an Open Session that will be devoted to general plenary talks providing an introduction to the low frequency radio astronomy, LOFAR and relevant scientific results. Presentations will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to low frequency interferometry
- The LOFAR Radio Telescope
- The Italian Consortium LOFAR-IT
- Science and status of the LOFAR Surveys
- High resolution imaging using LOFAR long baselines
Days 12 -14 of June will be devoted to technical lectures, tutorials and hand-on sessions. The school will focus on the preparation, calibration and imaging of LOFAR data, with tutorials on AOFLagger, PRE-FACTOR, FACTOR, DDFacet and WSClean. Lectures on the very low frequancy LOFAR LBA and on future prospects (LOFAR 2.0) will also be given on June 14.
List of confirmed lecturers :
A. Bonafede (UniBo - Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Bologna, Italy)
F. De Gasperin (UHH - University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany)
M. Hardcastle (University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom)
M. Iacobelli (ASTRON, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands)
N. Jackson (JBCA & University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.)
A. Offringa (ASTRON, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands)
T. Shimwell (Leiden Observatory, Leiden, The Netherlands)
G. Taffoni (INAF-OATs, Trieste, Italy)
W. Williams (Leiden Observatory, Leiden, The Netherlands)
E. Bonnassieux (UniBo, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Bologna, Italy)
M. Brienza (INAF-IRA, Bologna, Italy)
A. Costa (INAF-OACt, Catania, Italy)
Tutors during hands-on sessions :
The final program is now available.
INFORMATION FOR THE PARTICIPANTS
Presentations will be given at a level appropriate for someone new to LOFAR. Familiarity with the concepts of radio interferometry and standard data processing software such as CASA, will be useful, but not strictly required. PhD students, postdocs, and staff are all encouraged to attend, particularly people from teams with accepted LOFAR proposals and people officially involved in the LOFAR Key Science Projects. Attendance will be limited to maximum 40 participants.
VENUE AND REGISTRATION
The school will be hosted by INAF-IRA (c/o Centro Congressi, C.N.R., Area della Ricerca di Bologna). There will be no registration fee. Lunches and coffee-breaks will be provided for the duration of the school. Food restrictions and dietary requirements can be specified at the moment of the registration. The participants should make their own hotel reservation and pay for the accommodation themselves. On the bottom of this page you can find a list of suggested Hotels.
The registration is now closed.
See you in Bologna,
Rossella Cassano & Marco Bondi
On behalf of the LOFAR School LOC
LOC: M.Bondi (co-Chair), R.Cassano (co-Chair), F.Bedosti, A.Botteon, M.Brienza, I.Prandoni, M.Stagni, A.Tabellini
SOC: G.Brunetti (Chair), U.Becciani (co-Chair), A.Bonafede, M.Bondi, F.Govoni, F.Massaro, J.Monari, R.Scaramella