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Data Processing

The primary data reduction package for the VLA is the CASA (Common Astronomy Software Applications) package, which is also used for ALMA.

The Astronomical Image Processing System (AIPS) can be used to reduce VLA observations. AIPS is currently required for the reduction and analysis of phased-array VLA observations for VLBI. NRAO will continue to support AIPS for the foreseeable future, at least until VLBI functionality have been incorporated into CASA.

The following pages are designed to help VLA observers understand, and process, their data. For instructions on obtaining VLA data, see the archive web page. If you are new to radio astronomy (and interferometry in general), you might consider reading Chapter 7 of Astronomy Methods (Bradt, 2004) as well as the first several lectures in Synthesis Imaging in Radio Astronomy II (ASP Conference Series Vol. 180). You may also find useful information in the lectures from the 15th Synthesis Imaging Workshop.