UK Panel Commission J Representative
Professor Keith Grainge
The School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
T(1)(Jodrell Bank): 0161-306-9654
T(2)(Turing Building): 0161-275-4690
E: keith.grainge [at] manchester.ac.uk
Highlights of UK research relevant to Commission J
Radio Astronomy is very diverse and is studied by many UK universities. A very brief summary of notable UK activity in this area is summarised here:
- The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is a next generation radio telescope to be located in Australia and South Africa
- The international SKA Headquarters is hosted at Jodrell Bank run by the University of Manchester
- The UK lead two of the International Consortia developing the design of the SKA: Signal and Data Transport (Manchester); Science Data Processor (Cambridge)
- In addition the UK plays key roles in other aspects of the SKA design: Central Signal Processor (Manchester, Oxford); Low Frequency Aperture Array (Cambridge, Oxford); Dish (Oxford); Telescope Manager (ATC Edinburgh); Mid Frequency Aperture Array (Manchester, Cambridge)
- The e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility is the UK's facility for high resolution radio astronomy observations
- e-MERLIN is comprised of seven radio telescopes spanning 217km operated by The University of Manchester for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
- e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility provides the UK contribution to the European VLBI Network (EVN)
- The Arcminute Microkelvin Imager (AMI) is a dual array radio telescope purpose built for observations of clusters of galaxies
- AMI is located at Lord’s Bridge and is operated by Cambridge University.
- The Lovell Telescope is a 76-m antenna which makes it the 3rd largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world.
- The Lovell is located at Jodrell Bank and is operated by The University of Manchester.
- LOFAR is a radio telescope working at the lowest frequencies accessible from Earth. It involves many Universities across the UK and is led by ASTRON (Netherlands)
- The UK LOFAR station is located at Chilbolton.
- C-BASS is a project to image the whole sky at a wavelength of six centimetres, measuring both the brightness and the polarization of the sky.
- C-BASS is a collaboration between Oxford, Manchester, Caltech and South Africa
- QUIJOTE is dedicated to measure the polarization of the microwave sky in the frequency range between 11 GHz and 40GHz, and at angular scales of 1 degree.
- QUIJOTE is a collaboration between IAC Tenerife, Manchester, Santander and Cambridge