ngVLA News Items
First Draft of the ngVLA Science Book Released
June 22nd, 2018
With 50 (refereed) contributions received to date by nearly 200 unique authors, and more than 10 still in prep., this volume highlights key areas of astrophysics that are ripe for major breakthroughs and clearly underscores the broad U.S. and international support that exists for pursuing a next-generation Very Large Array in the next decade. The science book will continue to be updated over the summer, with contributions being accepted by our Science Advisory Committee until September 1, 2018 in the hope that community members will consider authoring additional chapters, especially for areas that appear to be missing in the current draft.
Updated ngVLA Overview Presentation is Available
March 1st, 2018
This PowerPoint presentation summarizes the current status of the project (PDF Version. March 1, 2018). In addition, a 3-page PowerPoint summary of the project is available, along with movies of planet formation, high-z CO, and an array fly-over.
NRAO Contracts for Specialized Integrated Circuit for New Radio Telescope
February 15th, 2018
Using new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for exploring the design of a next-generation radio telescope, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has contracted with an integrated-circuit design firm to design and produce a specialized integrated circuit that can greatly improve the efficiency of data transmission from real-world sensors to the computers that process the data. While the development supports NRAO’s next-generation radio telescope initiative, it also has potential applications in a number of scientific, commercial, medical, aerospace, industrial, and military fields.
Registration & Abstract Submission Open: Astrophysical Frontiers in the Next Decade: Planets, Galaxies, Black Holes, & the Transient Universe: 25 – 29 June 2018
February 8th, 2018
Sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, this conference will bring together a substantial cross-section of the astronomical community to discuss how to effectively address the highest priority astrophysical questions of our time. Plenary sessions will feature invited speakers, and three parallel sessions will address: Exoplanet and Protoplanetary Disk Origins, Galaxy Evolution Mechanisms, and Black Holes & Transient Phenomena.
ngVLA Science Brochure Released
January 3rd, 2018
A summary of the ngVLA Key Science Goals and Technical capabilities (January 3, 2018).
2nd Round of ngVLA Community Studies Awards Announced
November 8th, 2017
As part of the process of building towards a final concept for the ngVLA, NRAO launched the ngVLA Community Studies program, allowing members of the scientific and engineering communities to become major contributors to this effort. Given the success of our first round of ngVLA Community Studies, a second round was initiated, aimed at tackling some of the most pressing questions unveiled by the initial studies.
ngVLA Receives $11M in Development Funding
September 14th, 2017
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) are launching a new initiative to design a next generation radio telescope with scientific capabilities far beyond those provided by any existing or currently proposed observatory. Funding for the new initiative was provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences, allowing NRAO to re-profile $11M in funding planned for instrument development over a longer time period into a focused two-year effort.
ngVLA Key Science Goals Documented in a Community-Led Report
August 2nd, 2017
This document describes some of the fundamental astrophysical problems that require observing capabilities at millimeter- and centimeter wavelengths well beyond those of existing, or already planned, telescopes. The results summarized in this report follow a solicitation from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory to develop key science cases for a future U.S.-led radio telescope, the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA). The ngVLA will have roughly 10 times the collecting area of the Jansky VLA, operate at frequencies from 1 GHz to 116 GHz with up to 20 GHz of bandwidth, possess a compact core for high surface-brightness sensitivity, and extended baselines of at least hundreds of kilometers and ultimately across the continent to provide high-resolution imaging. The ngVLA builds on the scientific and technical legacy of the Jansky VLA and ALMA, and will be designed to provide the next leap forward in our understanding of planets, galaxies, and black holes.