The first of 96 high band antennas are installed. The LOFAR station in Irbene will use two types of receivers and antennas – low frequency and high frequency, to cover the bandwidth used by LOFAR. The installation work is carried out under the supervision of Marchel Gerbers, a representative of company “Astron”, and the work is carried out by the Electronics and Satellite Technology department of VIRAC – Head of Department dr. Romass Pauliks, electronics engineers Klāvs Kalnejs, Kristers Dēnavs and Kārlis Luksis.
We have previously reported that LOFAR is the largest radio astronomy low-frequency radio telescope made of in many countries disposed and interrelated LOFAR antenna farms operating in the 10 to 240 MHz low frequency range and stands out with its revolutionary design. LOFAR-Latvia will be an important addition to the largest radio telescope network in the world connected to the central station in the north of the Netherlands, forming a network of more than two thousand kilometers. With this unique tool astronomers will be able to explore and look farther into the Universe. The LOFAR International Telescope Network is a European low-frequency radio telescope network interconnected by a high-speed optical network, where thousands of antennas with powerful computers create a giant virtual antenna over two thousand kilometers in diameter. Therefore, such a telescope has even sharper and more sensitive gain.
The establishment of the LOFAR station will provide both VIRAC and Latvia with new scientific opportunities not only in the field of radio astronomy, but also in information and communication technologies, geophysics, geodesy, environmental engineering and bioeconomics.