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** Astrobaki, Syllabus, Office Hours
 
** Astrobaki, Syllabus, Office Hours
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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]])
 
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** Data Challenge
 
*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_mixers/secret_message.npz Secret Message]
 
*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_mixers/secret_message.npz Secret Message]
** [https://youtu.be/uH-dQnq7ZD4 2022 Lecture 1 Zoom recording] (2021 is [https://youtu.be/Yb4K8t6SG4k here])
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** [https://youtu.be/uH-dQnq7ZD4 Lecture 1 Zoom recording] (2021 is [https://youtu.be/Yb4K8t6SG4k here])
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** [https://youtu.be/LtEzUnp_E9E Lecture 2 Zoom recording] (2021 is [https://youtu.be/oJplegmHeAI here])
  
 
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*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/main/lab_mixers/mixed_message.npz Secret Message 2]
 
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** [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

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]