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6th NAIC/NRAO School on Single Dish Radio Astronomy

Complete Set of Lectures

The links below are to the talks as given in 2011.

Written lectures from the first school can be purchased through PASP.



  • Welcome to Green Bank/An Overview of the GBT - K. O'Neil
  • Science Highlights from Green Bank Telescope - J. Lockman, NRAO
  • Science Highlights from Arecibo - C. Salter, NAIC
  • An Introduction to Radio Astronomy Essentials - J. Condon, NRAO
    Includes an overall description of the basic ideas of radio astronomy, such as wavelengths, atmosphere, etc
  • Tracing the Signal down the Telescope - R. Maddalena, NRAO
  • Fundamentals of Single-Dish Radio Astronomy, Part I - S. Ransom
    Radiation Fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of Single-Dish Radio Astronomy, Part II - J. Condon
    Antennas and Radiometers (from a single-dish perspective)
  • A CASA Primer - J. Ott, NRAO
    A primer on the use of CASA, particularly in single dish mode
  • Spectral lines - D.J. Pisano, WVU
    Includes spectral lines, recombination lines, radiative transfer, and molecular, and atomic sources
  • Pulsars - S. Ransom, NRAO
    Pulsar properties, searching and timing pulsars, small amount on time domain astronomy generally
  • Continuum - B. Mason, NRAO
    An overview of thermal and non-thermal emission, observing issues (confusion, gain fluctuation)
  • Polarization - C. Heiles, University of California, Berkeley
    Includes Zeeman splitting, linear polarization, Stokes parameters, beam squint/squash, and Mueller matrices
  • Frequency Management - K. O'Neil, NRAO
    Spectrum allocation, radio quiet zones and coordination zones
  • RFI Excision techniques - R. Fisher, NRAO
    Overview of techniques available for RFI excision
  • Receivers types and uses - S. White, NRAO
    An overview of receiver types - single feeds, traditional arrays, phased arrays, and bolometers
  • The atmosphere, including weather - R. Maddalena, NRAO
    Including the effects of the atmosphere on observations, ionospheric effects, refraction, opacity, wind-induced pointing errors, frequency-dependence of absorption, and anomalous refraction
  • Signal Processing basics from the hardware perspective - A. Roshi, NRAO
  • GUPPI as a basis for FPGA architecture - P. Demorest, NRAO
  • The LMT - P. Schleorb, University of Massachusettes
    Brief overview of the Large Millimeter Telescope
  • Planetary Radar - M. Nolan, NAIC
  • Calibration and Data reduction techniques at cm through mm wavelengths - K. O'Neil
    Basic techniques, including position switching, frequency switching, finding your "off" in a map
  • Observing Extended Sources - J. Lockman, NRAO
    Includes stray radiation
  • Short Spacing Corrections from a Single-Dish Perspective - J. Ott, NRAO
    Combining synthesis and single dish data
  • Radio Transients - M. McLaughlin, WVU
  • Radio telescopes from the software perspective - M. Clark, NRAO
  • Online tools for Astronomers - D. Frayer, NRAO
  • Astrobiology - T. Remijan, NRAO
  • Writing Effective Telescope Proposals - C. Salter, NAIC
  • GBT proposal specifics - T. Minter, NRAO
  • Observing with coherent detector arrays - R. Minchin, NAIC
  • Observing with bolometer arrays - B. Mason, NRAO
  • ALMA as a Total Power Telescope - A. Wootten, NRAO
  • Closing Thoughts - The Future of Radio Astronomy - K. O'Neil, NRAO

School support provided by NSF, NRAO, NAIC