e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility – Call for e-MERLIN proposals cycle-8 (15th November 2018)

October 16, 2018, from Sian Giles



DEADLINE : 15th November 2018

e-MERLIN requests proposals from the international astronomical community for observations to be made during Cycle-8. Proposals are competitively peer-reviewed under standard STFC rules by the PATT e-MERLIN Time Allocation Committee. Allocation will be made on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility alone. During e-MERLIN operations ~50% of observing time has been allocated to large legacy projects and the remaining formal time will be allocated via PATT to standard proposals solicited prior to each observing semester.

e-MERLIN Science: e-MERLIN observations address a broad range of http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/sci/ and its unique combination of angular resolution (mas) and sensitivity (microJy) provide crucial insights in multiple science areas including:

• star-formation and black hole growth in galaxies;
• the physical processes which govern the formation of stars;
• the modes of activity in nearby galaxies;
• transient radio sources;
• Radio spectral lines (masers and in absorption);
• The energetic processes in relativistic outflows from jets generated by black holes and compact objects;
• Along with multiple other applications.

e-MERLIN provides high resolution (12-150mas) and high sensitivity (~[7]-14 microJy [inc. Lovell Telescope]) imaging at cm wavelengths as well as polarimetry, spectroscopy and astrometry.

*** Cycle-8 e-MERLIN Observations: Quarters 1 & 2 2019 ***
Deadline for Receipt of Proposals – 23:59:59 UT on 15th November 2018

Ang. res. Sensitivity
L-band (1.23-1.74GHz) – ~150mas ~7uJy/bm*
C-band (4.5 – 7.5GHz) – ~40mas ~7uJybm*
K-band (21 – 24GHz) – ~12mas ~55uJy/bm

* Assumes inclusion of Lovell Telescope at L/C-band and a full imaging track (~18hrs with calibration).

The full call for proposals, including technical specifications is available at: http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe/call_cycle8.html

Developments during Cycle-8: All proposals should be justified assuming the current available bandwidth of 512MHz. K-Band observations are also offered on a best-efforts basis. e-MERLIN is partially supported via the RadioNet Transnational
Access activity via the EU Horizon 2020 programme RadioNet. This activity provides travel support for eligible e-MERLIN users.

Please refer to http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe/TNA.html for further information or contact e-MERLIN staff

e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, The University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL,
United Kingdom