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=== Class Programmatics ===
 
=== Class Programmatics ===
 
* Class Code Repository: [http://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio http://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio]
 
* Class Code Repository: [http://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio http://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio]
* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/raw/master/schedule/syllabus_2022_spring.docx Syllabus]
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/raw/main/schedule/syllabus_2022_spring.docx Syllabus]
 
* [https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/3587609756 Zoom Room: 358 760 9756]
 
* [https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/3587609756 Zoom Room: 358 760 9756]
 
* Bcourses: [https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/courses/1512067 1512067]
 
* Bcourses: [https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/courses/1512067 1512067]
* Discord: https://discord.gg/vdmcyZcAbS
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* Discord: https://discord.gg/54m6yjsFHN
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* Sign-up sheet for lab: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/selfsched?sstoken=UUhoRVItYjh2bFA3fGRlZmF1bHR8MDlkOGRkN2MzNmVlMDM1ZTYzNzJiZTcxOTRkNmY1Y2Q
 
* Class Hours:
 
* Class Hours:
 
** Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-3:30pm
 
** Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-3:30pm
 
* Office Hours:
 
* Office Hours:
 
** Aaron Parsons (aparsons at berkeley): TBD, or by appointment, in standard [https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/3587609756 Zoom Room: 358 760 9756]
 
** Aaron Parsons (aparsons at berkeley): TBD, or by appointment, in standard [https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/3587609756 Zoom Room: 358 760 9756]
** Christian Bye (chbye at berkeley): TBD or by appointment (Through Discord Office Hours Channel)
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** Christian Bye (chbye at berkeley): TBD or by appointment (Through Discord Office Hours Channel or [https://berkeley.zoom.us/my/christianbye Zoom: 372 207 8992])
 
** Mine Gokcen (minegokcen at berkeley):
 
** Mine Gokcen (minegokcen at berkeley):
 
** Frank Latora (fjlatora at berkeley):
 
** Frank Latora (fjlatora at berkeley):
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=== Experiments ===
 
=== Experiments ===
* Lab 1: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_mixers/allmixers.pdf Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and both DSB and SSB Mixers]
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* Lab 1: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_mixers/allmixers.pdf Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and both DSB and SSB Mixers]
* Lab 2: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_bighorn/bighorn.pdf Astronomy with the 21cm Line; Some Microwave Electronics]
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* Lab 2: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_bighorn/bighorn.pdf Astronomy with the 21cm Line; Some Microwave Electronics]
* Lab 3: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_interf/interf.pdf Radio Interferometry at X Band]
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* Lab 3: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_interf/interf.pdf Radio Interferometry at X Band]
* Lab 4: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_dish/HI1.pdf Mapping the HI Line: the Galaxy and Supershells]
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* Lab 4: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_dish/HI1.pdf Mapping the HI Line: the Galaxy and Supershells]
  
 
===Getting Set Up===
 
===Getting Set Up===
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* Programming in Python
 
* Programming in Python
 
** [[Python Installation and Basic Programming]]
 
** [[Python Installation and Basic Programming]]
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting]
 
* Software Engineering
 
* Software Engineering
 
** [[Revision Control]]
 
** [[Revision Control]]
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== Topics by Date ==
 
== Topics by Date ==
  
=== Lab 1 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_mixers/allmixers.pdf Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and both DSB and SSB Mixers]), Due Feb 8, 1:30p ===
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=== Lab 1 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_mixers/allmixers.pdf Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and both DSB and SSB Mixers]), Due Feb 8, 1:30p ===
 
==== Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 18): Sampling and Power Spectra ====
 
==== Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 18): Sampling and Power Spectra ====
 
* Resources and Handouts
 
* Resources and Handouts
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* Demos and Tutorials
 
* Demos and Tutorials
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting]
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/Nyquist%20Sampling%20and%20Aliasing.ipynb Aliasing Demo]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/Nyquist%20Sampling%20and%20Aliasing.ipynb Aliasing Demo] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=ugradio&branch=main&path=jupyter_tutorials/Nyquist%20Samplling%20and%20Aliasing.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
 
* In class:
 
* In class:
 
** Astrobaki, Syllabus, Office Hours
 
** Astrobaki, Syllabus, Office Hours
** Getting accounts (premade by Bill Boyd, change password)
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** Getting accounts (premade by Bill Boyd, change password with <tt>passwd</tt> command)
 
** Lab access (see [[Getting Started in the Undergraduate Radio Lab]])
 
** Lab access (see [[Getting Started in the Undergraduate Radio Lab]])
 
** Class philosophy and workflow
 
** Class philosophy and workflow
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** Lab Hardware
 
** Lab Hardware
 
*** PicoScope 2206a
 
*** PicoScope 2206a
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*** Raspberry Pi + [[NESDR Smart]]
 
** Data Challenge
 
** Data Challenge
*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_mixers/secret_message.npz Secret Message]
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*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_mixers/secret_message.npz Secret Message]
** [https://youtu.be/Yb4K8t6SG4k Lecture 1 Zoom Recording]
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** [https://youtu.be/uH-dQnq7ZD4 Lecture 1 Zoom recording] (2021 is [https://youtu.be/Yb4K8t6SG4k here])
** [https://youtu.be/oJplegmHeAI Lecture 2 Zoom Recording]
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** [https://youtu.be/LtEzUnp_E9E Lecture 2 Zoom recording] (2021 is [https://youtu.be/oJplegmHeAI here])
  
 
==== Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 26): DSB and SSB Mixers ====
 
==== Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 26): DSB and SSB Mixers ====
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** [[Convolution Theorem]]
 
** [[Convolution Theorem]]
 
** [[Fast Fourier Transform]]
 
** [[Fast Fourier Transform]]
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/dft_intro/fourierc.pdf Spectral Analysis with Discrete Fourier Transforms]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/dft_intro/fourierc.pdf Spectral Analysis with Discrete Fourier Transforms]
 
* Demos and Tutorials
 
* Demos and Tutorials
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/Convolutions%20and%20Correlations.ipynb Convolutions and Correlations ]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/Convolutions%20and%20Correlations.ipynb Convolutions and Correlations ]
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/Sec%204.%20In%20the%20mind.ipynb In the Mind: Introduction to the Fourier Transform ]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/Sec%204.%20In%20the%20mind.ipynb In the Mind: Introduction to the Fourier Transform ]
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/datatype_demo.ipynb Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival of Python Oddities]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/datatype_demo.ipynb Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival of Python Oddities]
** [[Data Representations]], with handout on [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/pythonprimer/datatypes.pdf Data Types and Organizational Structures]
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** [[Data Representations]], with handout on [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/pythonprimer/datatypes.pdf Data Types and Organizational Structures]
 
** Data Challenge
 
** Data Challenge
*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_mixers/mixed_message.npz Secret Message 2]
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*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_mixers/mixed_message.npz Secret Message 2]
 
* In class:
 
* In class:
** [https://youtu.be/Ut_jTUoqcd8 Lecture 3: Discrete Fourier Transforms and the Convolution Theorem]
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** [https://youtu.be/dsCZ_F2HEVY Lecture 3 Zoom recording] (2021 is [https://youtu.be/Ut_jTUoqcd8 here])
 
** [https://youtu.be/ZxAWNiisn3Y Lecture 4: Show and Tell]
 
** [https://youtu.be/ZxAWNiisn3Y Lecture 4: Show and Tell]
 
** Lecture: Introduction to DSB and SSB Mixers
 
** Lecture: Introduction to DSB and SSB Mixers
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* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[LaTeX]]
 
** [[LaTeX]]
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting], second pass
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting], second pass
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/tree/master/latex_template/lab1 LaTex Template] Template you may use for your lab report
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/tree/main/latex_template/lab1 LaTex Template] Template you may use for your lab report
 
*** [https://www.overleaf.com/read/hvrwkmfkvkhg Overleaf version of the lab template]
 
*** [https://www.overleaf.com/read/hvrwkmfkvkhg Overleaf version of the lab template]
 
* In Class:
 
* In Class:
** Lecture: One more pass on [[Convolution Theorem]], [[Heterodyne Mixers]], and [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/dft_intro/fourierc.pdf DFTs]
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** Lecture: One more pass on [[Convolution Theorem]], [[Heterodyne Mixers]], and [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/dft_intro/fourierc.pdf DFTs]
 
** [https://youtu.be/igZPQQ-6ieo Lecture 5]
 
** [https://youtu.be/igZPQQ-6ieo Lecture 5]
 
** [https://youtu.be/53CZj1CCEm0 Lecture 6]
 
** [https://youtu.be/53CZj1CCEm0 Lecture 6]
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=== Lab 2 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_bighorn/bighorn.pdf Astronomy with the 21cm Line; Some Microwave Electronics]), due Mar 1, 1:30p ===
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=== Lab 2 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_bighorn/bighorn.pdf Astronomy with the 21cm Line; Some Microwave Electronics]), due Mar 1, 1:30p ===
 
==== Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 8): 21cm Line and Waveguides ====
 
==== Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 8): 21cm Line and Waveguides ====
 
* Theory and Background:
 
* Theory and Background:
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_bighorn/cal_intensity.pdf Calibrating the Intensity and Shape of Spectral Lines]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_bighorn/cal_intensity.pdf Calibrating the Intensity and Shape of Spectral Lines]
 
** [[Specific Intensity]]
 
** [[Specific Intensity]]
 
** [[21cm Transition]]
 
** [[21cm Transition]]
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** [http://ugastro.berkeley.edu/radio/2017/handout_links/RWvD.pdf Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics (Ramo, Whinney, and Van Duzer)]
 
** [http://ugastro.berkeley.edu/radio/2017/handout_links/RWvD.pdf Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics (Ramo, Whinney, and Van Duzer)]
 
** [[Central Limit Theorem]] and [[Random Walks]]
 
** [[Central Limit Theorem]] and [[Random Walks]]
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/least_squares/lsfit_lite.pdf Least Squares Lite for the Budding Aficionado: Art and Practice]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/least_squares/lsfit_lite.pdf Least Squares Lite for the Budding Aficionado: Art and Practice]
 
* Demos and Tutorials
 
* Demos and Tutorials
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab2/Central%20Limit%20Theorem%20and%20Averaging.ipynb Central Limit Theorem and Averaging]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab2/Central%20Limit%20Theorem%20and%20Averaging.ipynb Central Limit Theorem and Averaging]
 
* In Class:
 
* In Class:
 
** Show and Tell
 
** Show and Tell
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==== Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 22): Write Lab Report ====
 
==== Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 22): Write Lab Report ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/least_squares/lsfit_2008.pdf Least-Squares and Chi-Square for the Budding Aficionado: Art and Practice]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/least_squares/lsfit_2008.pdf Least-Squares and Chi-Square for the Budding Aficionado: Art and Practice]
 
* In Class:
 
* In Class:
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab2/chisq_intro.ipynb Chi-Square Jupyter Notebook]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/jupyter_tutorials/lab2/chisq_intro.ipynb Chi-Square Jupyter Notebook]
 
** Show and Tell
 
** Show and Tell
 
** Least Squares Part 2
 
** Least Squares Part 2
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=== Lab 3 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_interf/interf.pdf Radio Interferometry at X Band]), due Apr 5, 1:00p ===
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=== Lab 3 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_interf/interf.pdf Radio Interferometry at X Band]), due Apr 5, 1:00p ===
  
 
==== Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 1): Interferometer ====
 
==== Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 1): Interferometer ====
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=== Lab 4 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_dish/HI1.pdf Mapping the HI Line: the Galaxy and Supershells]), due May 3, 1:30p ===
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=== Lab 4 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_dish/HI1.pdf Mapping the HI Line: the Galaxy and Supershells]), due May 3, 1:30p ===
  
 
==== Useful Links ====
 
==== Useful Links ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 26): Write Lab Report ====
 
==== Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 26): Write Lab Report ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_bighorn/cal_intensity.pdf Calibrating the Intensity and Shape of Spectral Lines (Carl Heiles)]  
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_bighorn/cal_intensity.pdf Calibrating the Intensity and Shape of Spectral Lines (Carl Heiles)]  
 
* In Class:
 
* In Class:
 
** Show and Tell
 
** Show and Tell

Latest revision as of 18:19, 25 January 2022

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]

Experiments[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 8, 1:30p[edit]

Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 18): Sampling and Power Spectra[edit]

Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 26): 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 Mar 1, 1:30p[edit]

Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 8): 21cm Line and Waveguides[edit]

Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 15): Collect and Analyze Data[edit]

Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 22): Write Lab Report[edit]


Lab 3 (Radio Interferometry at X Band), due Apr 5, 1:00p[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 5): Leuschner Dish[edit]

Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 12): Collect and Analyze Data[edit]

Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 19): Collect and Analyze Data[edit]

Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 26): Write Lab Report[edit]


Unused but Useful?[edit]