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** Extend visibility simulation software to handle many sources (with spectra), and many antennas (with passbands).
 
** Extend visibility simulation software to handle many sources (with spectra), and many antennas (with passbands).
 
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** [[Basic Interferometry II]] (again)
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** Create plan of work for each class project.  Catch up on class software.
 
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Revision as of 19:20, 27 September 2011

This is course is aimed at graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and interested third parties who:

  • would like to understand radio astronomy better
  • would like to develop technical skills (programming, signal processing, instrumentation, algorithms, pedagogy, etc) to help them in their research
  • would like to be involved, and involve their peers, in developing concrete tools to help their research

This class will follow a flexible, non-traditional format whereby each week, a group of students and I will work together to prepare public-domain pedagogical materials on a subject that will be distributed to the rest of the class in advance of each meeting. Class time will be split between discussing the subject informally, and working in groups to develop tools and address on-going research questions that each student brings to the class.

My hope is that this class will be moderately time-consuming, but that the tools, collaborations, and research developed inside the class will have a broad enough scope that it can double-count as research/work time. All of our activities are aimed at creating tools (both pedagogical and research-oriented) that will have value beyond the classroom.

Topics

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of topics that we will consider covering in this class. Eventually, it would be nice to link in as many topics as possible and begin to organize subjects by their prerequisites and relatedness.

Algorithms

Software Development

Computing

Signal Processing / Fourier Analysis

Interferometers

Statistics

Signal Path

Pedagogy of Radio Astronomy / Meta-Information

Science of Radio Astronomy

Topics by Date