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Space VLBI 2020: Science and Technology Futures Conference Summary

Lazio, T. Joseph W. and Brisken, Walter and Bouman, Katherine and Doeleman, Sheperd and Falcke, Heino and Iguchi, Satoru and Kovalev, Yuri Y. and Lonsdale, Colin J. and Shen, Zhiqiang and Zensus, Anton and Beasley, Anthony J. (2020) Space VLBI 2020: Science and Technology Futures Conference Summary. . (Unpublished)

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The "Space VLBI 2020: Science and Technology Futures" meeting was the second in The Future of High-Resolution Radio Interferometry in Space series. The first meeting (2018 September 5--6; Noordwijk, the Netherlands) focused on the full range of science applications possible for very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) with space-based antennas. Accordingly, the observing frequencies (wavelengths) considered ranged from below 1~MHz (> 300 m) to above 300~GHz (< 1 mm). For this second meeting, the focus was narrowed to mission concepts and the supporting technologies to enable the highest angular resolution observations at frequencies of 30~GHz and higher (< 1 cm). This narrowing of focus was driven by both scientific and technical considerations. First, results from the RadioAstron mission and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) have generated considerable excitement for studying the inner portions of black hole (BH) accretion disks and jets and testing elements of the General Theory of Relativity (GR). Second, the technologies and requirements involved in space-based VLBI differ considerably between 100~MHz and 100~GHz; a related consideration is that there are a number of existing instruments or mission concepts for frequencies of approximately 100~MHz and below, while it has been some time since attention has been devoted to space VLBI at frequencies above 10~GHz. This conference summary attempts to capture elements of presentations and discussions that occurred.

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Lazio, T. Joseph W.0000-0002-3873-5497
Bouman, Katherine0000-0003-0077-4367
Doeleman, Sheperd0000-0002-9031-0904
Kovalev, Yuri Y.0000-0001-9303-3263
Lonsdale, Colin J.0000-0003-4062-4654
Zensus, Anton0000-0001-7470-3321
Additional Information:© 2020. We thank K. Prairie for her expert organization of the conference. This work made use of NASA’s Astrophysics Data System Bibliographic Services. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. The RadioAstron project was led by the Astro Space Center of the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Lavochkin Scientific and Production Association under a contract with the State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS, in collaboration with partner organizations in Russia and other countries. Part of this research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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