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LOFAR first images with the first three full stations

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The first full LOFAR stations became operational last week. Here are the images corresponding to the first fringes seen from those stations.

The observations were pointed at Cygnus A, one of the brightest radio sources. The top row shows the dirty images seen from the lowband (LBA) and the highband (HBA) systems. The bottom row shows the cleaned (deconvolved) images. As you can see, given the longest baseline of about 20 km, Cygnus A is resolved even at the lowest frequency of 30 MHz. As more stations become operational, we will have better uv-plane coverage and thus, better images.

ASTRON initiated LOFAR as a new and innovative effort to force a breakthrough in sensitivity for astronomical observations at radio-frequencies below 250 MHz. 
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