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MWA tied-array processing I: Calibration and beamformation

  • S. M. Ord (a1) (a2), S. E. Tremblay (a2) (a3), S. J. McSweeney (a2) (a3), N. D. R. Bhat (a2) (a3), C. Sobey (a2) (a4), D. A. Mitchell (a1) (a3), P. J. Hancock (a2) (a3) and F. Kirsten (a2) (a5)...

Abstract

The Murchison Widefield Array is a low-frequency Square Kilometre Array precursor located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. Primarily designed as an imaging telescope, but with a flexible signal path, the capabilities of this telescope have recently been extended to include off-line incoherent and tied-array beam formation using recorded antenna voltages. This has provided the capability for high-time and frequency resolution observations, including a pulsar science program. This paper describes the algorithms and pipeline that we have developed to form the tied-array beam products from the summation of calibrated signals of the antenna elements, and presents example polarimetric profiles for PSRs J0437-4715 and J1900-2600 at 185 MHz.

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Author for correspondence: S. M. Ord, E-mail: stephen.ord@csiro.au

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