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A preliminary operations concept for the ngVLA
Author(s): Mark McKinnon; Claire Chandler; John Hibbard; Jeff Kern; Margaret Perley
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Paper Abstract

A future large area radio array optimized to perform imaging of thermal emission down to milliarcsecond scales is currently under consideration in North America. This `Next Generation Very Large Array' (ngVLA) will have ten times the effective collecting area and ten times longer baselines (300 km) than the JVLA. The large number of antennas and their large geographical distribution pose significant challenges to ngVLA operations and maintenance. We draw on experience from operating the JVLA, VLBA, and ALMA to highlight notable operational issues and outline a preliminary operations concept for the ngVLA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100L (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2235265
Show Author Affiliations
Mark McKinnon, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Claire Chandler, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
John Hibbard, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Jeff Kern, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Margaret Perley, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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