ASKAP is designed to be a high speed survey instrument with high dynamic range. This requires an extremely wide field-of-view interferometer with Phased Array Feeds (PAFs). The PAF has a total of 188 elements, 94 in each of two polarizations.
The specification for ASKAP is:
A total collecting area of approximately 4,000 square metres, from 36 antennas each 12 metres in diameter
System temperature less than 50 K
Frequency range from 700 MHz to 1.8 GHz
300 MHz instantaneous bandwidth
36 independent beams, each of about 1 square degree, yield overlapping to a 30 square degree field-of-view at 1.4 GHz
Maximum baseline of approximately 6 km
Full cross-correlation of all antennas
Possible remote array station capability located in NSW, approximately 3,000 km from the core site.
ASKAP2016: "the future is now!" June 2016: The ASKAP2016 conference has brought together the user community to plan key aspects of the Early Science program, share cutting-edge results and discuss future strategies for observing and data sharing.
Maximising science impact with the SKA in Australia April 2016: The second annual OzSKA meeting was held to discuss developments in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – with a focus not only on astronomy, but also technological development and the evolution of the SKA Organisation itself.