The motivation for this extra day’s discussion at the end of the ICEAA conference is to take advantage of key PAF developers and users being present at ICEAA, and to couple it to a discussion on the factors which limit dynamic range in synthesis arrays, particularly when PAFs are adopted.
Objectives of the day
1. Review the potential of dish-arrays with PAFs as front-line astronomical instruments, particularly multi-band PAFs that provide ultra-wide FOV performance over the full frequency range of a dish antenna.
2. Consider key calibration issues that influence the ultimate image dynamic range of synthesis arrays.
3. Capture PAF developments by international parties who are not formal members of SKA PEP phase consortia
4. Establish or perhaps even review (depending on SKA PEP Stage 1 progress) the PAF development plan relative to SKA down-select dates (TRL for SRR, CDR etc)
5. Discuss PAF developments (observatory-based) and provide time for discussions which might not have been covered in the other ICEAA Special sessions.