Partners, collaborations and telescopes

RadioAstron

RadioAstron is an international VLBI project developed by the Astro Space Center of the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia. Within the project, interferometric observations at radio frequencies are performed together with the space-based Spektr-R radio telescope, which was created by NPO Lavochkin.

The leader of the scientific program of RadioAstron is Yury Kovalev.

MOJAVE

The MOJAVE (Monitoring Of Jets in Active galactic nuclei with VLBA Experiments) project has the longest history of high-resolution observations of the kinematics of relativistic AGN jets. All results (calibrated images and visibilities as FITS files) are made publicly available on the project site immediately after reduction.

Yury Kovalev is a member of the project.

VIRGO-LIGO

The LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) project is dedicated to detecting gravitational waves, and developing their use as an astronomical tool.

Stanislav Babak is a member of the collaboration.

Fermi LAT collaboration

The Fermi observatory in low Earth orbit is dedicated to large-area observations at gamma-ray wavelengths. The telescope has a large field of view and performs a survey of the entire sky every day.

Members of the Laboratory actively publish joint works with the NASA Fermi collaboration.

Event Horizon Telescope

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is a large telescope array consisting of a global network of radio telescopes. The EHT project combines data from several very-long-baseline interferometry stations around Earth with angular resolution sufficient to observe objects the size of a supermassive black hole's event horizon. The project's observational targets include the two black holes with the largest angular diameter as observed from Earth: the black hole at the center of the supergiant elliptical galaxy Messier 87, and Sagittarius A* at the center of the Milky Way.

Andrey Lobanov and Evgenia Kravchenko are members of the EHT collaboration.

The observational projects of the Laboratory are conducted with the aid of powerful telescopes, both earth- and space-based. The majority of observations are conducted in service mode. However, Laboratory members, including students and graduate students, also occasionally conduct visitor-mode observations. Some of the telescopes used are shown below.

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