Undergraduate Radio Lab

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This course consists of four laboratory experiments that concentrate on radio instrumentation and laboratory techniques. We will build receiving, observing, and data analysis systems for two telescopes: a single-dish 21-cm line system, and a 10.7-GHz interferometer. We will use these telescopes for astronomical observing projects including structure of the Milky Way galaxy, precise position measurement of several radio sources, and measurement of the radio brightness distributions of the sun and moon with high angular resolution. There is a heavy emphasis on digital data acquisition, software development in the Python language, and high-quality written reports.

Class Programmatics[edit]


Getting Set Up[edit]

General Skills Used Through-Out Course[edit]

Topics by Date[edit]

Lab 1 (Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and both DSB and SSB Mixers), Due Feb 6, 11:59p[edit]

Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 17): Sampling and Power Spectra[edit]

Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 24): DSB and SSB Mixers[edit]

Lab 1, Week 3 (Feb 1): More Mixers, and Lab Reports[edit]

Lab 2 (Astronomy with the 21cm Line; Some Microwave Electronics), due Feb 27, 11:59p[edit]

Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 7): 21cm Line and Waveguides[edit]

Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 14): Collect and Analyze Data[edit]

Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 21): Write Lab Report[edit]

Lab 3 (Radio Interferometry at X Band), due Apr 3, 11:59pm[edit]

Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 1): Interferometer[edit]

Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 8): Collect and Analyze Data[edit]

Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 15): Collect and Analyze Data[edit]

No class (Mar 23, 26)[edit]

Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 29): Write Lab Report[edit]

Lab 4 (Mapping the HI Line: the Galaxy and Supershells), due May 3, 1:30p[edit]

Useful Links[edit]

Link to Observing Calendar

Leuschner WebCam

Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 4): Leuschner Dish[edit]

Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 11): Collect and Analyze Data[edit]

Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 18): Collect and Analyze Data[edit]

Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 25): Write Lab Report[edit]

Unused but Useful?[edit]