Galactic and Local Universe VLBI With MeerKAT
February 01, 2018
MeerKAT will be the most sensitive radio telescope in the Southern hemisphere, and one of only very few VLBI-capable telescopes in the south. A VLBI-capable MeerKAT would considerably increase the sensitivity, as well as effectively increasing the resolution and imaging capability of an available VLBI array for southern-sky
observations. There is a very wide range of science areas where this capability has great potential for stunning science returns, including transients, pulsars, masers, the structure of our own Galaxy, extragalactic supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, active galactic nuclei (AGN), and the role AGNs play in galaxy formation. Many of the MeerKAT Large Survey Projects will benefit from or even require some VLBI follow-up. It is clear therefore that MeerKAT should be made VLBI-capable to take advantage of these opportunities.
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