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Draft Programme – LOFAR User Requirements Review and Workshop

LOFAR Science and User Requirements Workshop

 

Location: Lorentz Centre, Leiden

Dates: 21-24 January 2002

 

 

1.   Science Case Review 

 

Monday 21 January 2002

 

09:00 – 09:30   Registration

Coffee and tea in the Common Room

 

 09:30 – 09:45   Welcome, Review of Programme – Huub Rφttgering/Michiel van Haarlem

 09:45 – 10:15   Guidance from Science Consortium Board – Namir Kassim

 10:15 – 11:00   Top Level Summary of Baseline Design – Marco de Vos

      11:00 – 11:15   Brief Review of Planning and Schedule – Jan Reitsma

 

      11:15 – 11:30   Coffee break in the Common Room

    

      11:30 – 12:45   Discussion of Scientific Applications

                             Key Science Drivers (Section 2 of Scientific Applications 1.0)

-          The High Redshift Universe

-          The Epoch of Reionization

-          Mapping Galactic Cosmic Rays

-          The Bursting and Transient Universe

-          Solar-Terrestrial Relationships

                             Questions:

-          How Key are these Drivers

-          Current Description (ok/update/rewrite)

-          Connections with ongoing/future work

 

      12:45 – 13:30   Lunch in the Gorlaeus canteen

 

      13:30 – 17:00   Discussion of Scientific Applications (continued)

                             with tea break 15.00 – 15.30 in the Common room

-          Non-Key Science Drivers (see Sections 3,4 and 5 of Scientific Applications 1.0)

-          Presentation and Discussion of other potential Key Science Drivers (requirements & top level baseline design implications)

-          Prioritization or Categorization of Scientific Applications

-          Recommendation to the LOFAR Science Consortium Board

                            

Request: Everyone is invited to come prepared with 2 or 3 sheets
supporting their favourite scientific drivers.

      

      17.00 – 18.30   Wine and Cheese party in the Common room


 

2.   Science Working Groups: Formulation of User Requirements

 

Tuesday 22 January

 

09:00 – 10:00   Summary of Detailed Design – Marco de Vos
                       Explanation of Questions to Working Groups

10:00 – 10.30   Discussion of Questions

 

10:30 - 11:00    Coffee break

 

 

 11:00 – 15.00  Parallel Sessions  - with lunch break 12:30 – 13:15

 

A: Epoch of Reionization

B: Transients

15:00 – 15:30   Presentation of Reionization Answers

 

15:30 - 16:00   Tea break

 

16:00 – 16:30   Presentation of Transients Answers

16:30 – 17:30   Discussion of Outcome of Parallel Sessions A and B.

 

19.00              Conference Dinner at Stadscafι Van der Werff


 

Wednesday 23 January

 

09:00 – 12:45 Parallel Sessions

 

                      with coffee break 10.30 – 11.00

 

                      C: Surveys

                      D: Ionospheric and Solar Applications

 

12:45 – 13:30   Lunch

 

13:30 – 14:00   Presentation of Survey Answers

14:00 – 14:30   Presentation of Solar/Ionospheric Answers

14:30 – 15:30   Discussion of Parallel Sessions C and D.

 

15:30 - 16:00   Tea break

 

16:00 – 17:30   Planning Session & Further (More) Detailed Discussions

 

                      A: Reionization

-          Observation & Calibration Strategy

-          Preparations/2002-2003 Work Plan

 

                      B: Surveys

-          Identification of common elements in Galactic and Extragalactic Surveys

-          Guidelines for Survey Production

-          Division of Responsibilities between Engineering Consortium and Survey Groups (what is expected of the core LOFAR facility, and how much will be developed by data centres/survey groups). 2002-2003 Work Plan

 

                      C: Transients

-          Galactic and Extragalactic – key requirements, observation strategy

-          Ionospheric/Atmospheric Transients – identification of key requirements, development strategy, impact on design elements

-          Synchronization with/Notification by other Observatories

-          2002-2003 Work Plan

 

                      D: Solar & Ionospheric Science

-          Impact on Design of Requirements of both Active and Passive Applications

-          Division of Tasks/Responsibilities of various groups (e.g. Engineering Consortium vs. LOIS)

-          2002-2003 Work Plan

 

 

Thursday 24 January

 

09:00 – 15:00    Other Detailed/Offline Discussions

 

                        with    coffee break 11.00 – 11.30

                                  lunch break  12.45 – 13.30

                                 tea break      14.45 – 15.15

 

Station Subsystem Requirements from Airshower Transients

 

Calibration and Data Processing

-          Detailed Discussion of Calibration Requirements and Activities

-          Data Processing and Algorithms

 

Write-up of Reports from Parallel Sessions

 

15.00 – 16:30    Wrap-up Session

 

 

 

Proposed Outcome of this week:

  1. Understanding of Technical Challenges and Scientific Preferences
  2. Agreed Set of Key Applications and Priorities
  3. Technical Research Plan (in outline; to be confirmed later)
  4. Scientific Research Plan 2002-2003


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