ATCA Broadband Backend Upgrade Workshop

The Australia Telescope Users Committee (ATUC) and the ATNF MNRF team have organised a half-day workshop to discuss the ATCA broadband backend upgrade. This meeting is open to all users of ATNF facilities and interested parties. The purpose of the meeting is to inform ATNF users of the planned capabilities of the ATCA broadband backend and to discuss these capabilities.

The ATCA Broadband Backend upgrade is being funded by the Major National Research Facilities (MNRF) program and in the next few years will deliver:

  • An increase in the ATCA continuum sensitivity of up to a factor of 4
  • Greatly enhanced spectral line performance
  • Connections to additional antennas, such as the New Technology Demonstrator
  • New correlator technologies for Square Kilometre Array (SKA) demonstrations.

The agenda for the meeting appears below. There are limited opportunities for the inclusion of additional contributions from ATCA users. Contact Steven Tingay and James Caswell to be added to the agenda.


Monday, September 13, 2004
Lecture theatre, ATNF Headquarters, Marsfield
13:30 - Introduction
Steven Tingay, ATUC Chair
13:35 - The ATCA Broadband Backend - technology, capabilities, and timescales
Warwick Wilson, Broadband Backend Project Engineer
14:05 - Scientific overview of the ATCA Broadband Backend
Jim Caswell, Broadband Backend Project Scientist
14:35 - The ATCA Broadband Backend as the next generation correlator for Australian VLBI
Tasso Tzioumis
15:00 - Afternoon tea
15:30 - The ATCA Broadband Backend and pulsar science
Simon Johnston
15:50 - Broadbanding the ATCA frontend
Naomi McClure-Griffiths
16:10 - The ATCA Broadband Backend for remote single dish observations
Chris Phillips
16:20 - Open discussion
17:30 - Meeting close