The science case for simultaneous mm-wavelength receivers in radio astronomy

Richard Dodson, María J. Rioja, Taehyun Jung, José L. Goméz, Valentin Bujarrabal, Luca Moscadelli, James C.A. Miller-Jones, Alexandra J. Tetarenko, Gregory R. Sivakoff

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This review arose from the European Radio Astronomy Technical Forum (ERATec) meeting held in Firenze, October 2015, and aims to highlight the breadth and depth of the high-impact science that will be aided and assisted by the use of simultaneous mm-wavelength receivers. Recent results and opportunities are presented and discussed from the fields of: continuum VLBI (observations of weak sources, astrometry, observations of AGN cores in spectral index and Faraday rotation), spectral line VLBI (observations of evolved stars and massive star-forming regions) and time domain observations of the flux variations arising in the compact jets of X-ray binaries. Our survey brings together a large range of important science applications, which will greatly benefit from simultaneous observing at mm-wavelengths. Such facilities are essential to allow these applications to become more efficient, more sensitive and more scientifically robust. In some cases without simultaneous receivers the science goals are simply unachievable. Similar benefits would exist in many other high frequency astronomical fields of research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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