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VLBI20-30: a scientific roadmap for the next decade - The future of the European VLBI Network


Venturi, T and Paragi, Z and Lindqvist, M and Bartkiewicz, A and Beswick, R and Bogdanovic, T and Brisken, W and Charlot, P and Colomer, F and Conway, J and Frey, S and Guirado, JC and Gurvits, L and van Langevelde, H and Lobanov, A and McKean, J and Morganti, R and Muxlow, T and Perez-Torres, M and Rygl, K and Schulz, R and Szomoru, A and de Vicente, P and An, T and Anglada, G and Argo, M and Azulay, R and van Bemmel, I and Bocanegra, T and Boccardi, B and Castangia, P and Chibueze, J and Cimo, G and Climent, JB and Deane, R and Deller, A and Dodson, R and Duev, D and Etoka, S and Fenech, D and Gabanyi, K and Gabuzda, D and Garrett, M and Gawronski, M and Ghirlanda, G and Giroletti, M and Goddi, C and Gomez, JL and Gray, M and Greaves, J and Hessels, J and van der Horst, A and Hunter, T and Laing, R and Lal, DV and Lambert, S and Loinard, L and Marcote, B and Merloni, A and Miller-Jones, J and Molera Calves, G and Moscadelli, L and Olofsson, H and Petrov, L and Pizzo, R and Possenti, A and Quiroga-Nunez, LH and Reynolds, C and Richards, A and Rioja, M and Sanna, A and Savolainen, T and Sbarrato, T and Spingola, C and Surcis, G and Trigilio, C and Varenius, E and Vlemmings, W and van Velzen, S and van der Walt, J, VLBI20-30: a scientific roadmap for the next decade - The future of the European VLBI Network, European VLBI Network, pp. 1-191. (2020) [Government or Industry Research]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/JTEHM.2021.3077760


This white paper describes the science case for Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) and provides suggestions towards upgrade paths for the European VLBI Network (EVN). The EVN is a distributed long-baseline radio interferometric array, that operates at the very forefront of astronomical research. Recent results, together with the new science possibilities outlined in this vision document, demonstrate the EVN's potential to generate new and exciting results that will transform our view of the cosmos. Together with e-MERLIN, the EVN provides a range of baseline lengths that permit unique studies of faint radio sources to be made over a wide range of spatial scales.

The science cases are reviewed in six chapters that cover the following broad areas: cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, innermost regions of active galactic nuclei, explosive phenomena and transients, stars and stellar masers in the Milky Way, celestial reference frames and space applications. The document concludes with identifying the synergies with other radio, as well as multi-band/multi-messenger instruments, and provide the recommendations for future improvements. The appendices briefly describe other radio VLBI arrays, the technological framework for EVN developments, and a selection of spectral lines of astrophysical interest below 100 GHz. The document includes a glossary for non-specialists, and a list of acronyms at the end.

Item Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Astronomical instrumentation
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Molera Calves, G (Dr Guifre Molera Calves)
ID Code:144671
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2021-06-03
Last Modified:2021-06-03

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