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MeerKAT Science: On the Pathway to the SKA

MeerKAT2016
25-27 May, 2016
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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MeerKAT Science: On the Pathway to the SKA

MeerKAT is a next generation radio telescope under construction on the African SKA central site in the Karoo plateau of South Africa. When completed in 2018 MeerKAT will be a 64-element array of 13.5-m parabolic antennas distributed over an area with a diameter of 8 km. With a combination of wide bandwidth and field of view, with the large number of antennas and total collecting area, MeerKAT will be one of the world’s most powerful imaging telescopes operating at GHz frequencies.

MeerKAT is a science and technology precursor of the SKA mid-frequency dish array, and following several years of operation as a South African telescope will be incorporated into the SKA phase-one facility. The MeerKAT science program will consist of a combination of key science, legacy-style, large survey projects, and smaller projects based on proposals for open time. This workshop, which took place in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, was held to discuss and plan the broad range of scientific investigations that will be undertaken during the pre-SKA phase of MeerKAT. Topics covered included:

  • technical development and roll out of the MeerKAT science capabilities,
  • details of the large survey projects presented by the project teams,
  • science program concepts for open time,
  • commensal programs such as the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,
  • and the impact of MeerKAT on global Very Long Baseline Interferometry.
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    Editorial Board
     
    Russ Taylor (chairman)
    Fernando Camilo
    Lerothodi Leeuw
    Kavilan Moodley
    Sessions
    The MeerKAT Telescope
    MeerKAT Large Survey Projects
    MeerKAT Science beyond Surveys
    Posters
    The MeerKAT Telescope
    The MeerKAT Radio Telescope
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)001 pdf J. Jonas and the MeerKAT Team
    The MeerKAT Max-Planck S-band System
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)003 pdf M. Kramer, K. Menten, E.D. Barr, R. Karuppusamy, C. Kasemann, B. Klein, E. Ros, G. Wieching and O. Wucknitz
    MeerKAT Large Survey Projects
    LADUMA: Looking at the Distant Universe with the MeerKAT Array
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)004 pdf S. Blyth, A.J. Baker, B. Holwerda, A. Bouchard, B. Catinella, L. Chemin, D. Cunnama, R. Davé, A. Faltenbacher, S. February, X. Fernández, E. Gawiser, I. Heywood, D. Kereš, H.R. Klöckner, P. Lah, M. Lochner, N. Maddox, S. Makhathini, K. Moodley, R. Morganti, D. Obreschkow, S.H. Oh, D.J. Pisano, A. Popping, G. Popping, S. Ravindranath, E. Schinnerer, K. Sheth, R. Skelton, M. Smith, R. Srianand, L. Staveley-Smith, M. Vaccari, P. Vaisanen, F. Walter, S. Rawlings, B.A. Bassett, M.A. Bershady, F.H. Briggs, S.M. Crawford, C.M. Cress, J.K. Darling, R.P. Deane, G. de Blok, E.C. Elson, B.S. Frank, P.A. Henning, K.M. Hess, J.P. Hughes, M.J. Jarvis, S.J. Kannappan, N.S. Katz, R.C. Kraan-Korteweg, M.D. Lehnert, A.K. Leroy, G.R. Meurer, M.J. Meyer, D.J. Pisano, A.C. Schröder, O.M. Smirnov, R.S. Somerville, I.M. Stewart, K.J. van der Heyden, M.A.W. Verheijen, E.M. Wilcots, T.B. Williams, P.A. Woudt, J.F. Wu, M.A. Zwaan, J.T.L. Zwart, T.A. Oosterloo and W. van Drie
    The MeerKAT International GHz Tiered Extragalactic Exploration (MIGHTEE) Survey
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)006 pdf M. Jarvis, R. Taylor, I. Agudo, J.R. Allison, R.P. Deane, B. Frank, N. Gupta, I. Heywood, N. Maddox, K. McAlpine, M. Santos, A.M.M. Scaife, M. Vaccari, J.T.L. Zwart, E. Adams, D.J. Bacon, A.J. Baker, B.A. Bassett, P.N. Best, R. Beswick, S. Blyth, M.L. Brown, M. Bruggen, M. Cluver, S. Colafrancesco, G. Cotter, C. Cress, R. Davé, C. Ferrari, M.J. Hardcastle, C.L. Hale, I. Harrison, P.W. Hatfield, H.R. Klockner, S. Kolwa, E. Malefahlo, T. Marubini, T. Mauch, K. Moodley, R. Morganti, R.P. Norris, J.A. Peters, I. Prandoni, M. Prescott, S. Oliver, N. Oozeer, H.J.A. Rottgering, N. Seymour, C. Simpson, O. Smirnov and D.J.B. Smith
    An Overview of the MHONGOOSE Survey: Observing Nearby Galaxies with MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)007 pdf W.J.G. de Blok, E.A.K. Adams, P. Amram, E. Athanassoula, I. Bagetakos, C. Balkowski, M.A. Bershady, R.J. Beswick, F. Bigiel, S.L. Blyth, A. Bosma, R.S. Booth, A. Bouchard, E. Brinks, C. Carignan, L. Chemin, F. Combes, J. Conway, E.C. Elson, J. English, B. Epinat, B.S. Frank, J. Fiege, F. Fraternali, J.S. Gallagher, B.K. Gibson, G. Heald, P.A. Henning, B.W. Holwerda, T.H. Jarrett, H. Jerjen, G.I. Józsa, M. Kapala, H.R. Klöckner, B.S. Koribalski, R.C. Kraan-Korteweg, S. Leon, A. Leroy, S.I. Loubser, D.M. Lucero, S.S. McGaugh, G.R. Meurer, M. Meyer, M. Mogotsi, B. Namumba, S.H. Oh, T.A. Oosterloo, D.J. Pisano, A. Popping, S. Ratcliffe, J.A. Sellwood, E. Schinnerer, A.C. Schröder, K. Sheth, M.W.L. Smith, A. Sorgho, K. Spekkens, S. Stanimirovic, K.J. van der Heyden, L. Verdes-Montenegro, W. van Driel, F. Walter, T. Westmeier, E. Wilcots, T. Williams, O.I. Wong, P.A. Woudt and A. Zijlstra
    The MeerKAT Fornax Survey
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)008 pdf P. Serra, W.J.G. de Blok, G.L. Bryan, S. Colafrancesco, R.J. Dettmar, B.S. Frank, F. Govoni, G.I.G. Jozsa, R.C. Kraan-Korteweg, F.M. Maccagni, S.I. Loubser, M. Murgia, T.A. Oosterloo, R.F. Peletier, R. Pizzo, L. Richter, M. Ramatsoku, M.W.L. Smith, S.C. Trager, J.H. van Gorkom and M.A.W. Verheijen
    An Update on TRAPUM
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)009 pdf B. Stappers and M. Kramer
    MeerTRAP: Real Time Commensal Searching for Transients and Pulsars with MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)010 pdf B. Stappers
    MeerTime - the MeerKAT Key Science Program on Pulsar Timing
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)011 pdf M. Bailes, E. Barr, N.D.R. Bhat, J. Brink, S. Buchner, M. Burgay, F. Camilo, D. Champion, J. Hessels, A. Jameson, S. Johnston, A. Karastergiou, R. Karuppusamy, V. Kaspi, M. Keith, M. Kramer, M. McLaughlin, K. Moodley, S. Oslowski, A. Possenti, S. Ransom, F. Rasio, J. Sievers, M. Serylak, B. Stappers, I. Stairs, G. Theureau, J. van Leeuwen, P. Weltevrede and N. Wex
    ThunderKAT: The MeerKAT Large Survey Project for Image-Plane Radio Transients
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)013 pdf P.A. Woudt, R. Fender, S. Corbel, M. Coriat, F. Daigne, H. Falcke, J. Girard, I. Heywood, A. Horesh, J. Horrell, P.G. Jonker, T. Joseph, A. Kamble, C. Knigge, E. Körding, M. Kotze, C. Kouveliotou, C. Lynch, T. Maccarone, P. Meintjes, S. Migliari, T. Murphy, T. Nagayama, G. Nelemans, G. Nicholson, T. O’Brien, A. Oodendaal, N. Oozeer, J. Osborne, M. Perez-Torres, S. Ratcliffe, V.A.R.M. Ribeiro, E. Rol, A. Rushton, A. Scaife, M. Schurch, G. Sivakoff, T. Staley, D. Steeghs, I. Stewart, J.D. Swinbank, S. Vergani, B. Warner, K. Wiersema, R. Armstrong, P. Groot, V. McBride, J.C.A. Miller-Jones, K. Mooley, B. Stappers, R.A.M.J. Wijers, M. Bietenholz, S. Blyth, M. Böttcher, D. Buckley, P. Charles, L. Chomiuk, D. Coppejans, W.J.G. de Blok, K. van der Heyden, A. van der Horst and B. van Soelen
    The MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS)
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)014 pdf N. Gupta, R. Srianand, W. Baan, A.J. Baker, R.J. Beswick, S. Bhatnagar, D. Bhattacharya, A. Bosma, C. Carilli, M. Cluver, F. Combes, C. Cress, R. Dutta, J. Fynbo, G. Heald, M. Hilton, T. Hussain, M. Jarvis, G. Jozsa, P. Kamphuis, A. Kembhavi, J. Kerp, H.R. Kloeckner, J. Krogager, V.P. Kulkarni, C. Ledoux, A. Mahabal, T. Mauch, K. Moodley, E. Momjian, R. Morganti, P. Noterdaeme, T. Oosterloo, P. Petitjean, A. Schroeder, P. Serra, J. Sievers, K. Spekkens, P. Vaisanen, T. van der Hulst, M. Vivek, J. Wang, O.I. Wong and A.R. Zungu
    MeerGAL: the MeerKAT Galactic Plane Survey
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)015 pdf M. Thompson, S. Goedhart, S. Goedhart, P. Benaglia, H. Beuther, R. Blomme, A.C. Chrysostomou, J.S. Clark, C. Dickinson, S. Ellingsen, D. Fenech, L. Hindson, S.N. Longmore, H.J. van Langevelde, G. MacLeod, S. Molinari, R. Prinja, C.R. Purcell, I. Stevens, G. Umana, J.S. Urquhart, W. Vlemmings, A.J. Walsh, A.Y. Yang and A. Zijlstra
    MeerKAT Science beyond Surveys
    From Feast To Famine: the Role of HI in Group Evolution
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)022 pdf M. Cluver, L.L. Verdes-Montenegro and K.M. Hess
    MeerKAT and the Smallest Galaxies
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)023 pdf B. Adams and T. Oosterloo
    Blue Early Type Galaxies with the MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)024 pdf G.I.G. Jozsa, T. Mauch, O. Ivy Wong, K. Schawinski, C. Sengupta, K. Masters, M. Urry, C. Lintott, B. Simmons, S. Kaviraj and P. Kamphuis
    MUFASA: Simulations of Galaxy Formation for MeerKAT Science
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)025 pdf R. Davé and M. Rafieferantsoa
    Gravitationally Lensed H I with MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)029 pdf R. Deane, D. Obreschkow and I. Heywood
    MERGHERS: An SZ-selected cluster survey with MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)030 pdf K. Knowles, A.J. Baker, K. Basu, V. Bharadwaj, F. de Gasperin, R. Deane, M. Devlin, S. Dicker, C. Ferrari, M. Hilton, J.P. Hughes, H. Intema, S. Makhathini, K. Moodley, N. Oozeer, C. Pfrommer, J. Sievers, S.P. Sikhosana, O. Smirnov, M.W. Sommer, S. Stanchfield, K. van der Heyden and J. Zwart
    A MeerKAT View on Galaxy Clusters
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)031 pdf G. Bernardi, T. Venturi, R. Cassano, G. Brunetti, D. Dallacasa, B. Fanaroff, B. Hugo, S. Makhatini, N. Oozeer, O. Smirnov and J. Zwart
    Extragalactic VLBI surveys in the MeerKAT era
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)017 pdf R. Deane
    A Large Sky Survey with MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)032 pdf M. Santos, P. Bull, S. Camera, S. Chen, J. Fonseca, I. Heywood, M. Hilton, M. Jarvis, G.I.G. Jozsa, K. Knowles, L. Leeuw, R. Maartens, E. Malefahlo, K. McAlpine, K. Moodley, P. Patel, A. Pourtsidou, M. Prescott, K. Spekkens, R. Taylor, A. Witzemann and I.H. Whittam
    All-sky radio SETI
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)020 pdf M. Garrett, A. Siemion and W. Vancapellen
    Galactic and Local Universe VLBI With MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)018 pdf G. MacLeod and M. Bietenholz
    Towards a Full Census of the Obscure(d) Vela Supercluster using MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)021 pdf R.C. Kraan-Korteweg, E. Elson, S. Blyth, C. Carignan, B.S. Frank, T. Jarrett, M.E. Cluver, P. Serra and G.I.G. Jozsa
    Posters
    Detecting the Magnetic Cosmic Web through Deep Radio Polarization Imaging
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)033 pdf L. Hunt, R. Taylor and K. van der Heyden
    [CII] as a star formation rate tracer in M31: Is [CII]/TIR the best photoelectric heating efficiency proxy?
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)034 pdf M. Kapala, B. Groves, K. Sandstrom, T. Jarrett and S. Glover
    Polarization study of the pulsars in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)036 pdf A. Possenti, F. Abbate, C. Tiburzi, W. van Straten, E. Barr, A. Ridolfi and P. Freire
    HI Intensity Mapping with MeerKAT
    PoS(MeerKAT2016)037 pdf A. Pourtsidou