LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) is currently the largest radio telescope operating at the lowest frequencies that can be observed from Earth. Unlike single-dish telescope, LOFAR is a multipurpose sensor network, with an innovative computer and network infrastructure that can handle extremely large data volumes.

LOFAR System Overview

Information on LOFAR's technical specifications, observing modes, current status of LOFAR sub-systems, access to LOFAR data and computing resources.

Observing With LOFAR

How to propose to observe with LOFAR, previous successful proposals, LOFAR's observing schedule and tools for planning LOFAR observations.

Access To LOFAR Data

Description of various types of LOFAR data products, manual on how to access LOFAR data, LOFAR data policy.

LOFAR data processing

LOFAR data processing software, pipelines and commonly used strategies, computational requirements, LOFAR software stack and data quality inspection procedures.

Science with LOFAR

Science highlights, LOFAR key science projects and list of publications with LOFAR data.

LOFAR Policies

LOFAR time allocation procedure, information on LOFAR data ownership and proprietary rights, publication, authorship and acknowledgement policy, ILT code of conduct.

Educational Resources

Resources for the beginner or intermediate user meant as an introduction to radio astronomy techniques and specifically to the LOFAR system.


SDC Helpdesk