Welcome to the new e-MERLIN
newsletter. Every quarter we will
be publishing e-MERLIN-related
news and science highlights,
including calls for proposals,
adverts for summer schools and
links to e-MERLIN partners like
the EVN and ORP. If you would
like to contribute to the e-MERLIN
newsletter, please get in touch at:
emerlin.support@jb.man.ac.uk "
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additions or topics, please don’t
hesitate to get in touch too!"
Detecting the BOAT
with e-MERLIN
On 9th October 2022, the
brightest gamma ray burst of all
time (i.e. the “BOAT”) was
detected with the Neil Gehrels
Swift Observatory. At a redshift of
z~0.15, it is one of the nearest
GRBs ever recorded and was so
bright that it caused disturbances
in the Earth’s ionosphere. e-
MERLIN joined in as part of rapid
response time (RRT) observations,
detecting the source and
providing precise co-ordinates for
EVN observations to follow up.
This work is published as a GCN
here (Rhodes et al., 2022,
streams announced
e-MERLIN is funded by UKRI-STFC and the e-MERLIN
team submitted a substantial proposal to STFC's
Projects Peer Review Panel (PPRP) last year requesting
operational funding for the period 2023-28 as well as a
'technical refresh' to replace much of the digital
equipment from the telescopes and data links to the
correlator. We are pleased to report that the PPRP
review was very positive about current and future
science with e-MERLIN and fully supported the
continuation of operations and the technical upgrade,
which also includes the start of a programme to develop
a new 8-16 GHz receiver band. STFC have now
awarded funding for the 2023-28 period and we have
started the initial design work on the key digital
upgrades. Future newsletter issues will provide updates
on the progress of this work."
Separate to the STFC funding above, e-MERLIN and
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics personnel will be
playing significant roles in the ‘RADIOBLOCKS’ Horizon
Europe project, which was recently awarded 10 million
of funding to develop new beyond-state-of-the-art
technologies and infrastructure for radio and sub-mm
telescopes for the next decades. Launching in April
2023 and lasting for four years, this project will develop
state-of-the-art receivers and correlators for radio
telescopes, as well as new data processing and imaging
methods. Prof Rob Beswick, the project lead at The
University of Manchester commented, “The project
brings together leading academic research and industry
experts from across the world to co-develop new
technologies”. A full description of the RADIOBLOCKS
project can be found here."
User Newsletter
Issue 1 24 January 2023!