From 4 to 11 July 2015, the 3rd Radio Interferometry Workshop: Preparing for MeerKAT and the SKA, is being hosted at the Potchefstroom Campus of North West University in South Africa. Here is the link to the official website: Synthesis 2015.
The workshop will comprise lectures on synthesis imaging theory and techniques, as well as interactive training sessions, at a level appropriate for graduate students in astrophysics. Attendees will also participate in a scientifically-driven group project that will be presented at the end of the workshop.
The workshop will target graduate level students and early researchers. Registration is limited to 30 participants only.
- To give participants an understanding of radio astronomy concepts and instrumentation, and synthesis imaging in particular
- To equip participants to take on science projects involving data from KAT-7, MeerKAT or other synthesis imaging instruments
- To create future radio astronomers for the African continent
- To build and strengthen clusters of radio astronomy expertise around South Africa and on the African continent
Proposed skills output
- Intermediate to advanced interferometry
- An overview radio astronomy data reduction
- An understanding of the KAT-7 and MeerKAT instrumentation, with an introduction to Very Long Baseline Interferometer (VLBI)
- A particular understanding of synthesis imaging, with a focus on the resources required to process data from KAT-7 and MeerKAT and prepare students to take part in the approved MeerKAT large proposals