The Second China-U.S. Workshop on Radio Astronomy Science and Technology
Focusing on the Shanghai 65m Telescope and VLBA Collaborations
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
May 13-17, 2013
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) of the U.S. and the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (SHAO) of China are pleased to be holding a workshop in Shanghai during the week of May 13, 2013. This meeting is the second in a series that is encouraged by a Memorandum of Understanding held between the two observatories to increase U.S.-Chinese collaboration in the pursuit of radio astronomy, both scientific and technical.
The SHAO is currently commissioning a new 65m radio telescope near Shanghai which will allow observations between 1.4 and 45 GHz. The science and technical program of this workshop will be largely driven by the capabilities offered by this instrument, including VLBI, pulsar timing, and spectroscopic surveys. The program will also look toward future technical developments and scientific capabilites instigated by completion of the VLBA sensitivity upgrade project and the gigantic FAST telescope in Guizhou province, the Qitai 110m fully steerable telescope being planned in Xinjiang region, and an ambitious Chinese space VLBI program.
This workshop will bring together experts from the US and China to present the current and future scientific and technical state of radio astronomy facilities in the two contries. A key goal is for new technical, scientific and administrative collaborations to be formed.
The workshop will consist of about 3 days of presentations, with opportunities for any student or postdoc to briefly describe their work, a tour of the 65m telescope, and structured group discussions.