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Analysis Packages

by mkrauss — last modified Mar 30, 2012 by Stephan Witz
The two main analysis packages used for the processing of EVLA data are AIPS and CASA.


Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) package is a set of C++ tools bundled together under an iPython interface as a set of data reduction tasks. The CASA collaboration is led by the National Radio Astronomy Obsevatory, with the primary goal of supporting the data post-processing needs of the next generation of radio telescopes such as the ALMA and EVLA projects. The CASA tasks are oriented towards end-user data processing and analysis, while the toolkit is geared towards the support of pipeline processing, algorithm development, and the construction of tasks.


The Astronomical Image Processing System is a software package from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory that is used for calibration, data analysis, image display, plotting, and a variety of ancillary tasks on astronomical data (primarily radio data). Strategies for EVLA data reduction using AIPS can be found in the AIPS CookBook. There is a Usenet newsgroupalt.sci.astro.aips that deals with AIPS issues and has occasional interesting announcements, as well as an FAQ for this newsgroup.