Radio astronomers prepare to track the Huygens Probe in the atmosphere of Titan

When the Huygens Probe makes its plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan on 14 January 2005, a network of radio telescopes located in Australia, China, Japan and the USA connected to the Data Processing centre at the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) will help international teams of scientists extract the maximum possible amount of irreplaceable information from a planetary mission unique in human history.

Further eVLBI Progress

Jodrell Bank's new 2.5 Gb/s connection was used in an eVLBI test for the first time yesterday (20th Dec 2004). Real-time fringes to Jodrell were detected from Westerbork, at 128Mb/s, and from Torun at 256Mb/s. These are the highest real-time eVLBI data rates achieved in Europe so far, quadrupling the previous record. This fringe plot shows individual integrations, for one sub-band, on the Jodrell Bank-Torun baseline.

JIVE on Dutch radio

Huib van Langevelde was recently interviewed by Dutch radio on the subject of eVLBI.

Astronomers demonstrate Global Internet Telescope

European and US radio astronomers have demonstrated a new way of observing the Universe - through the Internet! Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers have managed to observe a distant star by using the world's research networks to create a giant virtual telescope. The process has allowed them to image the object with unprecedented detail, in real-time; something which only a few years ago would have been impossible. The star chosen for this remarkable demonstration, called IRC+10420, is one of the most unusual in the sky. Surrounded by clouds of dusty gas and emitting strongly in radio waves, the object is poised at the end of its life, heading toward a cataclysmic explosion known as a 'supernova'.

e-VLBI: First Continuum Science Results & Current Status

The first VLBI science demonstrations took place 22 Sep 2004 with four telescopes of the EVN observing spectral line sources. The data has already been made public.

First "real-time" success for European radio astronomy

The first ever real-time European “eVLBI” image was produced at JIVE in Dwingeloo on 28 April. Signals from three radio telescopes of the European VLBI Network (EVN) were sent directly via fibre networks into the Data Processor at JIVE and correlated, without the data at any time having been stored on disk. This is called “eVLBI”: a technique to link the telescopes together through an electronic network. eVLBI has the potential to realise much higher data rates, and make data analysis in real time a possibility. In other words: live images from the edge of the Universe can be obtained.

First European eVLBI image

The first European VLBI image was produced Friday 16 January 2004 at JIVE, from data transferred only 24 hours earlier. The image, as well as more detailed information about this latest VLBI success, can be found at the following EVN VLBI map page.

15-minute fringes!

On 28th November 2003, data from Westerbork and Jodrell Bank were streamed directly from the VLBI formatter to Mk5 disks at JIVE at 64 Mbps, without local buffering.

Remote recording at JIVE

During a recent (November 7) experiment, a single scan of Westerbork data was sent directly to JIVE via the Wb-JIVE optical-fibre, where it was recorded on a Mark5 unit. The same data were also recorded on tape at Westerbork. Last week the tape and disk data were correlated, giving good confidence that the remote recording was good. Final confirmation was achieved when the Westerbork disk was correlated with Effelsberg data - The data recording rate was 256Mb/s

EVN MkIV Data Processor output data rate increased

The EVN MkIV Data Processor at JIVE has achieved quarter-second integrations using the whole correlator. This improvement is the first step along the way to the Post-Correlator Integrator and recirculation.