International School of Space Science.

The International School of Space Science (ISSS) began its activity in 1991. The School is organized by the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale (C.I.F.S.) which joins several Italian Universities operating in the field of Space Science and the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF). Since its foundation the ISSS has been directed by prof. U. Villante.

Course on:

Frontend research at low radio frequency Radio astronomy: Science and technical challenges

3 - 7 April, 2023
Course April 2023

In recent years, radio astronomy has been experiencing a golden age thanks to the advent of the precursors and pathfinders of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The pan-European LOFAR radio telescope is the largest SKA pathfinder in the low frequency band. LOFAR observations are entering uncharted observational territories, paving the way to the SKA science and technical challenges.

The School aims to provide a broad overview of the technical and scientific developments of radio astronomy at low frequencies, with particular reference to the LOFAR case. We will discuss the modern observational techniques of interest for low frequency radio astronomy and their challenges, and the impact of LOFAR observations in a multitude of important areas, from the physics of the Sun and compact objects, to galaxy clusters and cosmology.

The School will also provide an overview for students on the roadmap for the SKA, which will be the largest radio telescope ever built that will be operational from the next decade.