Software Enabled Radio Astronomy

Purpose

The worldwide astronomy community is pushing forward on an unprecedented scale to create large aperture arrays, phased array feeds, and dense low-frequency arrays to examine general relativity, detect exotic new transient source, elucidate the nature of galaxy formation, and probe the era of the “cosmic dawn”. This new generation of array-based telescopes share in common the need for exceptionally sophisticated signal processing algorithms for array calibration, beamforming, imaging, and with increasing urgency, radio frequency interference mitigation. An international collaborative effort is required to bring about solutions to these challenges. With this goal in mind, SERA aims to facilitate the interchange of methods, codes, test data sets, and implementations.

History

The SERA Project was initiated in the fall of 2014, by Prestage, Warnick, Jeffs and collaborators, in response to a United Status National Science Foundation proposal call. The solicitation was for the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)    From the solicitation: “The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.” During the development of our proposal, we gained the support of a number of US and international collaborators (see the members page). The proposal was extremely favorably reviewed, but unfortunately was ultimately not funded. Given the efforts already made to form and foster the collaboration, we have decided to continue the goals of the SERA project utilizing existing resources. Further funding opportunities will be pursued, as they arise.

Join Us

If you would be interested to become part of the SERA collaboration, please send an email to Richard Prestage at rprestag@nrao.edu.

Workshop Support

We invite research institutes and organizations to offer workshops to the international community on topics that fall withing the SERA consortium’s scope of interest. We can provide support with advertising the workshop, creating registration web interfaces, and information on setting up logistics for workshops of 10 to 50+ attendees. To propose a workshop, contact Karl Warnick at warnick@byu.edu or Richard Prestage at rprestag@nrao.edu with a short email summary of the workshop title, overview of the proposed contents, and the tentative date.