eCite Digital Repository

Science with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder


Johnston, S and Bailes, M and Bartel, N and Baugh, C and Bietenholz, M and Blake, C and Braun, R and Brown, J and Chatterjee, S and Darling, J and Deller, A and Dodson, R and Edwards, PG and Ekers, R and Ellingsen, SP and Feain, I and Gaensler, BM and Haverkorn, M and Hobbs, G and Hopkins, A and Jackson, C and James, C and Joncas, G and Kaspi, V and Kilborn, V and Koribalski, B and Kothes, R and Landecker, TL and Lenc, E and Lovell, JEJ and Macquart, JP and Manchester, R and Matthews, D and McClure-Griffiths, NM and Norris, R and Pen, UL and Phillips, C and Power, C and Protheroe, R and Sadler, E and Schmidt, B and Stairs, I and Staveley-Smith, L and Stil, J and Taylor, R and Tingay, S and Tzioumis, A and Walker, M and Wall, J and Wolleben, M, Science with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 24, (4) pp. 174-188. ISSN 1323-3580 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/AS07033


The future of centimetre and metre-wave astronomy lies with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a telescope under development by a consortium of 17 countries that will be 50 times more sensitive than any existing radio facility. Most of the key science for the SKA will be addressed through large-area imaging of the Universe at frequencies from a few hundred MHz to a few GHz. The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a technology demonstrator aimed in the mid-frequency range, and achieves instantaneous wide-area imaging through the development and deployment of phased-array feed systems on parabolic reflectors. The large field-of-view makes ASKAP an unprecedented synoptic telescope that will make substantial advances in SKA key science. ASKAP will be located at the Murchison Radio Observatory in inland Western Australia, one of the most radio-quiet locations on the Earth and one of two sites selected by the international community as a potential location for the SKA. In this paper, we outline an ambitious science program for ASKAP, examining key science such as understanding the evolution, formation and population of galaxies including our own, understanding the magnetic Universe, revealing the transient radio sky and searching for gravitational waves. © Astronomical Society of Australia 2007.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Ellingsen, SP (Professor Simon Ellingsen)
UTAS Author:Lovell, JEJ (Dr Jim Lovell)
ID Code:50022
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:228
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2010-08-03

Repository Staff Only: item control page