Welcome to the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, the UK's facility for high resolution radio astronomy observations, operated by The University of Manchester for the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
e-MERLIN is an array of seven radio telescopes, spanning 217km, connected by a new optical fibre network to Jodrell Bank Observatory. In current rounds observations are limited to 512MHz/pol bandwidth. Final e-MERLIN capabilities are as follow:
- Observing bands at 1.3-1.8 GHz, 4-8 GHz, 22-24 GHz
- Resolution 10 to 150 mas
- Total bandwidth 4 GHz
- Sensitivity ~ 1 μJy
- Astrometry, polarimetry, spectroscopy
e-MERLIN will address a broad range of scientific questions but its unique combination of angular resolution and sensitivity will be crucial for understanding:
- the history of star-formation and black hole growth as galaxies evolve
- the physical processes which govern the formation of stars
- the modes of activity in nearby galaxies
- the energetic processes in relativistic outflows from jets generated by black holes and compact objects
The e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility provides the UK contribution to the European VLBI Network (EVN), which links telescopes across Europe and China for observations at milliarcsecond resolution. The EVN and JIVE pages outline the scientific, operational and technical capabilities.