The PAF2016 Workshop program and abstract book is now available

Welcome to PAF2016!

The deadline for abstract submission is June 10th, 2016

The 2016 Phased Array Feed Workshop, PAF2016, will take place from August 24 through August 26, 2016 at the Hotel Regina Margherita in Cagliari, Sardinia island, Italy.

The workshop is organized by INAF-OAC (National Institute for Astrophysics), Astronomical Observatory of Cagliari, Italy.


  • engineering feedback from commissioning and early science observations;
  • element and array design with ultra-wide bandwidth;
  • analog and mixed-signal electronics;
  • traditional beam forming and innovative solutions;
  • beamformer calibration;
  • array characterization and testing;
  • sensitivity and field of view limits;
  • cryogenic PAFs;
  • systems integration;
  • telescope optics for PAFs;
  • imaging, and lessons learned from PAF deployments.

We invite proposals to speak on these topics. Please indicate your interest in attending as soon as possible and if your preference is for oral or poster presentation. Abstracts to be considered for oral and/or for poster presentation should be one page long (detailed instructions for abstract submission can be found at REGISTRATION & ABSTRACT).

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Radio Astronomy at INAF

The INAF-OAC (Astronomical Observatory of Cagliari) based in Cagliari, and the INAF-IRA (Institute for Radio Astronomy), based in Bologna, are in charge of the scientific and technical development of the main radio astronomy facilities in Italy, the 64-m diameter Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) and the two 32-m diameter telescopes in Medicina and Noto. The two institutes maintain highly valued partnerships with national and international organizations and play a crucial role in international radio astronomy projects such as SKA and ALMA. In particular, the INAF radio astronomy community works across a wide range of radio astronomy science, including the development of new instrumentation and operations of the SRT, located 35 km North of Cagliari. A visit to the SRT, which recently started early science operations, will take place on August 25th, 2016.

In addition to OAC and IRA, radio astronomy activities are also conducted at INAF-OACT (Catania Astrophysical Observatory), INAF-OA (Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Florence), and INAF_OATS (Astronomical Observatory of Trieste). A high degree of coordination is provided for radio astronomy projects through a dedicated section of the INAF Science Directorate, based in Rome.

The three main INAF radiostronomy facilities: SRT, Medicina and Noto radio observatories.

We look forward to your participation.


The Organizing Committee

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