MeerKAT is an array of 64, 13.5-metre diameter, parabolic dishes connected together as an interferometer and is operated by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). MeerKAT is built in South Africa's Karoo desert and is, currently, the most powerful radio interferometer at centimeter wavelengths. MeerKAT complements other astronomical infrastructure in the Southern hemisphere, such as, the ALMA and future telescopes, like, the E-ELT and the CTA. MeerKAT antennas are equipped with receivers in the L- and UHF-bands. Commissioning observations began in 2016 (MeerKAT First Light) and since the summer of 2018, MeerKAT started its full operation. This is a significant step forward in developing infrastructure, software and knowledge-base for the upcoming Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
German universities and research institutes involved in the exploitation of centimetre radio astronomy include:
- Universität Bielefeld
- Ruhr-Universität Bochum
- Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie Bonn
- Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
- Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
- Technische Universität Dortmund
- Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik Garching
- Universität Hamburg
- Albert-Einstein-Institut Hannover
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
- Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
- Technische Universität München
- Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg
- Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
The German MeerKAT-activities are coordinated by the GLOW and are partially funded by the BMBF through the D-MeerKAT project.
MeerKAT science is organised into survey projects wherein German scientists collaborate alongside international project teams.
Issued on 15 March 2022, deadline for submission on 03 May 2022, 14:00 SAST (12:00 UTC) [click for details]
Previous Open Time Calls on MeerKAT:
- 2020 Call for proposals - issued on 1 July 2020, deadline for submission on 01 September 2020 [details (link to PDF)]
- Click for list of 2020 Open Time Call accepted proposals
- Click for list of 2018 Open Time Call accepted proposals