Korean VLBI Network (KVN)


KVN (Korean VLBI Network)

The KVN was built by Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) for achieving the main goals

KVN telescope
  1. to study the formation and death of stars with observing water (H2O), methanol (CH3OH), and silicon monoxide (SiO) masers at high resolutions.
  2. to investigate the structure and dynamics of our own Galaxy by conducting highly accurate astrometric VLBI observations toward the galactic radio sources.
  3. to study the nature of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and their population at high frequencies.
  4. The KVN as a dedicated-VLBI network also aims to study the spectral and temporal properties of transient sources such as bursting star-forming regions, intra-day variable compact radio sources, gamma ray flaring AGNs, etc by conducting systematic multi wavelength monitoring campaigns

Reference : Kim et al. 2004, Proc. 7th Symp. EVN, 281 /  Lee et al. 2011, PASP, 123, 1398  /  Lee et al. 2014, AJ, 147, 77)


Key Science Programs

The KVN now enters into the full fledged stage for its scientific use as a millimeter-wave VLBI array. The KVN Key Science Program (KSP) has been designed to look for unique science demonstrating the characteristics and advantages of the KVN system. The KVN KSP proposals can be submitted through the same procedure as other normal proposals, but will be selected in the special selection committee based on the following criteria: The KSP should aim at a clear scientific goal, which may manifest the strength and power of KVN. The KSP is recommended to request less than 300 hours of observing time a year (for up to about 3 years), and it should not be a combination of small programs. The proposers of the KSP may be requested to present the proposal in the committee. The KSP is open to all researchers working in Korea, and the KVN team will assist fully for the success of the accepted KSP proposals. As of 2015 March, there are two KVN KPSs selected through KSP selection committee as follows:



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Korean VLBI Network (KVN)