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NAIC/NRAO Single Dish School Program

by Davis Murphy last modified Jul 14, 2015 by Karen ONeil

Schedule

Talks, when available, can be found by clicking on the talk title.  All talks should be considered copyright of the author.

Available talks from the 2011 School on Single Dish Radio Astronomy can be found here.

 

Sunday,
July 05
1400 - 1700 Arrival and Registration (Residence Hall)
1730 - 1900 Dinner with Hands-on teams for strategy planning
1900 - 1930 Hands-on observing overview (S. Heatherly)
1930-0700 Hands-On Observing with the 40ft telescope

Monday,
July 06
0730 - 0830 Breakfast
0830 - 0845 Registration (Jy-Lab)
0845 - 0900 Welcome to Green Bank and School Practicalities
0900 - 1000 Science Highlights from the Green Bank Telescope (J. Lockman) and from the Arecibo Telescopes (C. Salter)
1000 - 1045 An Introduction to Radio Astronomy Essentials (F. Ghigo)
Includes an overall description of the basic ideas of radio astronomy, such as wavelengths, atmosphere, etc

1045 - 1100 Coffee Break
1100 - 1200 Radio Telescope Fundamentals (J. Condon)
Antenna theory and radiometers
1200 - 1230 Science Talk (E. Rivera-Valentin)
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1430 Tracing the Signal through the Telescope System (R. Maddalena)Handout is also available here
1430 - 1530

Radiation Fundamentals (S. Ransom):  Brightness Temperatures (Part I); Radiation Transfer (Part II)

1530 - 1545 Coffee Break
1545 - 1645 Receivers (R. Bradley)
An overview of receiver types - single feeds, traditional arrays, phased arrays, and bolometers [Talk not available]
1645 - 1730 Hands-on Project Planning
1730 - 1900 Dinner
1900 - 0000 Arecibo Observing Projects

Tuesday,
July 07
0730 - 0830 Breakfast
0800 - 1045 GBT Tour
or 0830 - 1045 Machine Shop, Control Room and Lab Tours
1045 - 1100 Coffee Break
1100 - 1200 Pulsars (R. Lynch)
Pulsar properties, searching and timing pulsars, small amount on time domain astronomy generally
1200 - 1230 Science Talk - Imaging the Epoch of Reioniztion with PAPER and HERA (R. Bradley) [Talk not available]
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1430 Spectral lines (R. Minchin)
Includes spectral lines, recombination lines, radiative transfer, and molecular, and atomic sources
1430 - 1530 Continuum (B. Mason)
An overview of thermal and non-thermal emission, observing issues (confusion, gain fluctuation)
1530 - 1545 Coffee Break
1545 - 1645 Polarization (C. Heiles)
Includes Zeeman splitting, linear polarization, Stokes parameters, beam squint/squash, and Mueller matrices
1645 - 1730 Hands-on Project Planning and Data Reduction
1730 - 1900 Dinner
1900 - 0000 GBT and Arecibo Observing Projects

Wednesday,
July 08
0730 - 0830 Breakfast
0800 - 1045 GBT Tour
or 0830 - 1045 Machine Shop, Control Room and Lab Tours
1045 - 1100 Coffee Break
1100 - 1145 Signal Processing Fundamentals I (J. Ford)
Signal Processing basics, FPGA architecture
1145 - 1230 Signal Processing Fundamentals II (R. Prestage)
VEGAS, GUPPI, etc.
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1430 Radar Observations (P. Taylor)
1430 - 1530 Observing Extended Sources (J. Lockman)
Includes stray radiation
1530 - 1545 Coffee Break
1545 - 1645 Calibration and Observing Techniques (D. Frayer)
Basic calibration techniques, temperature scales (Ta, Ta*, Tmb, Tr*), and observing techniques including position switching and frequency switching
1645 - 1730 Hands-on Projects
1730 - 1900 Dinner
1900 - 0000 GBT and Arecibo Observing Projects

Thursday,
July 09
0730 - 0830 Breakfast
0845 - 0945 Single Dish Mapping Techniques (A. Ford)
0945 - 1045 Combining Single Dish Zero-Spacing Data with Interferometric Maps (A. Kepley)
1045 - 1100 Coffee Break
1100 - 1230 Canned Data Reduction Projects
Working with telescope data that is of different type than your hands-on projects, split up into groups
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1400 Science Talk (A. Kobelski)
1400 - 1530 Project Data Reduction and Analysis
1530 - 1545 Coffee Break
1545 - 1730 Project Data Reduction and Analysis (continue) and Project Presentation Preparation
1730 - 1900 Dinner
1900 - 0000 GBT and Arecibo Observing Projects and/or Project Presentation Preparation (if needed)

Friday,
July 10
0730 - 0830 Breakfast
0845 - 0915 Writing Effective Telescope Proposals (C. Salter)
Using Arecibo as the example (Handout is also available)
0915 - 0945 GBT and NRAO proposal specifics (T. Minter)
0945 - 1045 NANOGrav Science Program (M. McLaughlin)
1045 - 1100 Coffee Break
1100 - 1130 The atmosphere, including weather (D. Balser)
Including the effects of the atmosphere on observations, ionospheric effects, refraction, opacity, wind-induced pointing errors, frequency-dependence of absorption, and anomalous refraction
1130 - 1200 Science Talk (A. Seymor)
1200 - 1230 Final Project Presentation preparation/load talks!!!
1230 - 1330 Lunch
1330 - 1530 Hands-on Presentations
1530-1600 Closing Thoughts - The Future of Radio Astronomy (K. O'Neil)
1600 - 1630 Wine and cheese reception
1630-1730 Guest speaker Amy Lovell on comets and radio astronomy (TBD)
1800 - 2100 Banquet Dinner with music by the Elk River Ramblers and awarding of certificates

Saturday,
July 11
0730 - 0830 Breakfast
0900 - 1200 Single Dish School Departures
1200 - 1300 Lunch
1400 - 2200 NRAO Picnic Activities, Dinner, and Fireworks