Director's Update - Australia Telescope National Facility

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ATNF Users’ Committee:

Director’s Update

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science

Philip Diamond, Chief CASS & Director ATNF

11 July 2012

CASS Overview

7 sites

~290 staff

Operate 2 National Facilities:


ATNF


CDSCC

Constructing ASKAP



Annual budgets FY11/12:


ATNF: $31.3M


CDSCC: $25.8M


Does not include ASKAP construction

Parkes 64
-
m dish

Tidbinbilla 1x 70
-
m and 2x 34
-
m
antennas

ASKAP 36x 12
-
m
antennas

ATCA 6x 22
-
m
antennas

Mopra 22
-
m
dish

CASS Divisional Sites

MRO

Radiophysics

Laboratory

Geraldton

Pawsey HPC Centre

Geraldton

Parkes

Narrabri

Mopra

Tidbinbilla

Challenges in FY 2012/2013


Delivery of ASKAP


Ramp
-
up of commissioning


Seeking funds to deliver all 36 PAFs


Implementation of new operations model, ensuring adequate
funding stream


Future status of Mopra


Implementation of SKA pre
-
construction and implications of the
site decision.


Development of Earth Observation Informatics TCP
(Transformational Capability Platform)



NASA’s Deep Space Network: CDSCC


International network of antennas


Australia (Canberra), USA and Spain


HQ at JPL, Pasadena


Support’s NASA’s interplanetary missions


> 40 spacecraft

CDSCC Antenna construction

Two new antennas: $100m

Mars Science Laboratory: lands 6 August



Parkes supporting CDSCC during ‘7 minutes of terror’,


using modified receiver at 401 MHz

Some statistics

National Facility: Refereed Publications

0
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Number of publications
1st Author CASS/ATNF
1st Author non-CASS/ATNF Australian
1st Author overseas

Publications in refereed journals that include data taken with CASS facilities

National Facility: Refereed Publications

0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
VLBI
Mopra
Parkes
Compact Array
Facility
Number of publications
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
CASS Staff: Refereed Publications

0
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Year
Number
Includes publications with ATNF data and all other refereed papers

Counts includes National Facility and other staff refereed publications.

Tracking Publications: Six decades of radio astronomy

0
50
100
150
200
250
1945
1955
1965
1975
1985
1995
2005
2015
Year
Number
Parkes

ATCA


CSIRO have signed agreement with NRAO to obtain privileged
access to VLBA time


$200k has been provided for 100 hours of time over 2 years;
aimed at larger projects.


This time is in addition to time granted via the normal merit
-
based process.


Valid proposals must have a PI based at an Australian
astronomical institute.


Proposals may be submitted for the 1 August 2012 deadline.


A copy must also be sent to Tasso Tzioumis signifying the PI’s
intent to submit a proposal under the CSIRO
-
NRAO arrangement.

VLBA time


A prototype receiver is installed and its
performance is excellent

A technology highlight.


ATNF website is large (
~
80,000 pages)


Navigation needs improving


Design needs updating


Sub
-
sites involved are:


atnf.csiro.au


parkes.atnf.csiro.au


narrabri.atnf.csiro.au


outreach.atnf.csiro.au


intranet.atnf.csiro.au


ATNF Website Refresh Project

Rationale



Internal project team


Platform recommendation


move from static site to content
management system (Drupal)


Currently finalising site design and
planning user testing


Two
-
stage implementation


(i) update static site with new
design


(ii) progressively move content into
Drupal


Implementation to start mid
-
2012



ATNF Website Refresh Project

Process



Thank you

Astronomy & Space Science

Philip Diamond

CASS Chief

t

+61 2 9372 4300

E

Philip.Diamond@csiro.au

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www.csiro.au/projects/ASKAP