African VLBI Network Training Site


Invited Talk: Wednesday 29 May - Mr Matthias Schartner


29 May 2019 16:30 - 17:30

Title: VLBI Simulations and their Applications for the AVN

Author: Mr Matthias Schartner
              Research Group: Advanced Geodesy
              Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
              Technische Universität Wien

VLBI is the only space geodetic technique which is able to orientate the Earth in space. The quality of such a position depends mainly on the distribution of stations around the globe. Therefore, it is of high importance to choose the position of a new telescope with utmost care. Using VLBI simulations, we are able to objectively evaluate the benefit of certain positions and give recommendations for new telescopes. We will demonstrate this technique by evaluating the best position for possible future sites on the African continent. Further, we will show more practical applications of VLBI simulations, such as the optimisation of VLBI schedules and the assessment of the accuracy of new intensive sessions.

More about the author:

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Matthias Schartner is a PhD student at the Technische Universität Wien (TUW). He studied Geodesy and Geoinformation and obtained his Master’s Degree from the TU Wien in 2016. In his Master’s thesis he investigated the effects of sea level rise. Shortly before completing his Master’s, he started working for the research group, Higher Geodesy, where he is actively involved in developing the Vienna VLBI and Satellite software (VieVS) and the scheduling tool, VieSched++. He is responsible for scheduling and simulation of various VLBI experiments. His PhD topic is about the optimisation of VLBI schedules.