e-MERLIN / VLBI National Radio Astronomy Facility

e-MERLIN

e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility

CALL FOR e-MERLIN PROPOSALS - Cycle-8

e-MERLIN requests proposals from the international astronomical community for observations to be made during Cycle-8. Proposals are competitively peer-reviewed under standard STFC rules by the PATT e-MERLIN Time Allocation Committee. Allocation will be made on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility alone. During e-MERLIN operations >50% of observing time has been allocated to large legacy projects and the remaining formal time will be allocated via PATT to standard proposals solicited prior to each observing semester along with additional technical development programmes.

e-MERLIN provides high resolution (12-150mas) and high sensitivity (~[7]-14 microJy [including Lovell Telescope] in Cycle-8) imaging at cm wavelengths as well as polarimetry, spectroscopy and astrometry. Cycle-8 observations will commence in Quarter 2019.

e-MERLIN provides high resolution (12-150mas) and high sensitivity (~[7]-14 microJy [inc. Lovell Telescope] in Cycle-8) imaging at cm wavelengths as well as polarimetry, spectroscopy and astrometry. Cycle-8 observations will commence in Quarter 1 2019.

During Cycle-8:All proposals should be justified assuming the current available bandwidth of 512MHz. K-Band observations are also offered on a best-efforts basis.

Cycle-8 e-MERLIN Observations : Quarters 1 and 2 - 2019
Deadline for Receipt of Proposals - 23:59:59 UT on 15th November 2018

Observing frequencies available:-
L-Band: 1.23GHz to 1.74GHz
C-Band: 4.5GHz to 7.5GHz
K-Band: 21GHz to 24GHz

The system parameters for observation of a continuum source in optimum conditions are:-

1.23-1.74 GHz
(L-band)
4.3-7.5 GHz
(C-band)
21-24 GHz
(K-band)
Maximum angular resolution ~150 ~40 ~12 (milliarcsec)
RMS level for 12 hr on source ~14/7** ~13/7** ~55 (uJy/bm)
Maximum bandwidth/polarization 512 512* 512* (MHz)

More extensive technical details are available at e-MERLIN cycle-8 capabilities.

Proposals should be submitted via the e-MERLIN Web-based Northstar Proposal Tool. The proposal tool will be open for proposal submissions from 17th October 2018.

http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe/northstar.html

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e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, The University of Manchester,
Jodrell Bank Observatory,
Macclesfield,
Cheshire SK11 9DL,
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 9400,
Email:emerlin@jb.man.ac.uk