Description:LOw Frequency ARray
Abstract:LOFAR is a unique instrument developed from the ambition of Dutch astronomers to observe the earliest stages of our universe. For this purpose, a radio telescope is needed that is a hundred times more sensitive than existing telescopes. The LOFAR radio telescope consists of thousands of sensors in the form of simple antennas. These antennas are distributed over Europe and connected to a supercomputer via an extensive glass fibre network. It was soon realised that LOFAR could be turned into a more generic Wide Area Sensor Network and now sensors for geophysical research and studies in precision agriculture have been incorporated in LOFAR as well.