e-MERLIN / VLBI National Radio Astronomy Facility
Map of UK 
showing locations 
of e-MERLIN telescopes

Welcome to the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, the UK's facility for high resolution radio astronomy observations, operated by The University of Manchester for the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Meeting announcement

e-MERLIN and Jodrell Bank Observatory:
A radio astronomy facility for the SKA era

Two Day workshop, Jodrell Bank Observatory 15-16th September 2016

The UK is taking a global leadership role in the SKA project. The HQ of the SKA Organization will be based in the UK at Jodrell Bank, and the UK is leading the international investment in the SKA.

e-MERLIN, the UK's National Radio Astronomy facility, and the 76-m Lovell Telescope constitute major radio astronomical facilities providing sub- arcsecond resolution imaging capabilities and state-of-the-art pulsar time- domain capabilities. Both are unique and world-class facilities and in combination have 25% of the collecting area of SKA1-mid with similar baseline and frequency coverage making them a powerful standalone instrument and pathfinder for SKA science.

We invite the UK's astronomical community to an open workshop discussing the latest science results from e-MERLIN and the Lovell telescopes and the development of a new integrated radio facility for the next era of Radio Astronomy.

Further information and registration.

e-MERLIN is an array of seven radio telescopes, spanning 217km, connected by a new optical fibre network to Jodrell Bank Observatory. In current rounds observations are limited to 512MHz/pol bandwidth. Final e-MERLIN capabilities are as follow:

e-MERLIN will address a broad range of scientific questions but its unique combination of angular resolution and sensitivity will be crucial for understanding:

The e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility provides the UK contribution to the European VLBI Network (EVN), which links telescopes across Europe and China for observations at milliarcsecond resolution. The EVN and JIVE pages outline the scientific, operational and technical capabilities.