WP5 JRA Advanced European Technologies for Heterodyne Receivers for Astronomy (AETHRA)
aims at exploiting new technologies, such as highly integrated microelectronic semi- or superconducting circuits, to significantly improve the next generation receivers of mm and sub-mm wavelength telescopes, reinforcing European technological and scientific leadership by considerably improving the receiver performance and observing speed of the European-owned world leading facilities ALMA, APEX, NOEMA and PV.
WP6 BRoad bAND EVN (BRAND EVN)
will develop and build a prototype broad-band digital receiver, which will cover a frequency range from 1.5 GHz to 15.5 GHz. The BRAND receiver when deployed at a majority of EVN telescopes will catapult EVN to new levels of performance not achievable with any other astronomical VLBI network. The BRAND receiver might even become the next generation VGOS receiver due to its superior sensitivity, its wider bandwidth, and the possibility to choose parts of the spectrum still uncontaminated by RFI.
WP7 Radio Interferometry Next Generation Software (RINGS)
The main objective for RINGS is to deliver advanced calibration algorithms for the next generation of radio astronomy facilities, characterized by a high sensitivity, a high bandwidth and long baselines. The functionality delivered by RINGS will be incorporated in the CASA CORE software package. RINGS will enhance a cross fertilization between Radar and Seismic Imaging industry to exchange algorithmic approaches for phase calibration.