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== Topics by Date ==
 
== Topics by Date ==
  
=== Lab 1 (Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and Mixers) Due Feb 6 6:00p ===
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=== 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 6 6:00p ===
Lab Handout: [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/raw/master/lab_mixers/allmixers.pdf Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and both DSB and SSB Mixers]
 
* Lab 1, Part 1 (Jan 16)
 
** Theory and Background
 
*** [[Nyquist Sampling]]
 
*** [[Convolution Theorem]]
 
*** [[Fast Fourier Transform]]
 
** Demos and Tutorials
 
*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/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/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting]
 
** In class:
 
*** Astrobaki, [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/schedule/syllabus_2014_spring.docx Syllabus], Office Hours
 
*** Radio Astronomy: State of the Union
 
*** Tour of lab
 
**** Lab components
 
*** Getting accounts / setting up environments
 
**** [[Unix Primer]]
 
**** [[Python Installation and Basic Programming]], first pass
 
**** [[Revision Control]], first pass
 
**** [[Unix Text Editors]]
 
*** Lecture: Introduction to the Fourier Transform
 
  
* Lab 1, Part 2 (Jan 23)
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==== Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 16): Sampling and Power Spectra ====
** Theory and Background:
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* Theory and Background
*** [[Heterodyne Mixers]]
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** [[Nyquist Sampling]]
** In class:
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** [[Convolution Theorem]]
*** Show and Tell
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** [[Fast Fourier Transform]]
*** Scientific Python Review (numpy, pylab, scipy)
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* Demos and Tutorials
*** [[Python Installation and Basic Programming]], second pass
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/Sec%204.%20In%20the%20mind.ipynb In the Mind: Introduction to the Fourier Transform ]
*** Lecture: Introduction to DSB and SSB Mixers
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting]
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* In class:
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** Astrobaki, [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/schedule/syllabus_2014_spring.docx Syllabus], Office Hours
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** Radio Astronomy: State of the Union
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** Tour of lab
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*** Lab components
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** Getting accounts / setting up environments
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*** [[Unix Primer]]
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*** [[Python Installation and Basic Programming]], first pass
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*** [[Revision Control]], first pass
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*** [[Unix Text Editors]]
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** Lecture: Introduction to the Fourier Transform
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==== Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 23): DSB and SSB Mixers ====
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* Theory and Background:
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** [[Heterodyne Mixers]]
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* In class:
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** Show and Tell
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** Scientific Python Review (numpy, pylab, scipy)
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** [[Python Installation and Basic Programming]], second pass
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** Lecture: Introduction to DSB and SSB Mixers
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==== Lab 1, Week 3 (Jan 30): More Mixers, and Lab Reports ====
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* Demos and Tutorials:
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** [[LaTeX]]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting], second pass
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* In Class:
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** [[Writing Lab Reports]]
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* Lab 1 Due Feb 6 6:00p
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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 Feb 27 6:00p ===
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==== Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 6): 21cm Line and Waveguides ====
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==== Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 13): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 20): Write Lab Report ====
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* Lab 2 Due Feb 27 6:00p
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=== Lab 3 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_interf/interf.pdf Radio Interferometry at X Band]), due Apr 3 6:00p ===
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==== Lab 3 Week 1 (Feb 27): Interferometer ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 6): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 13): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 20): Write Lab Report ====
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* Lab 3 Due Apr 3 6:00p
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==== No class (Mar 27) ====
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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 1 6:00p ===
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==== Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 3): Leuschner Dish ====
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* Trip to Leuschner: Class will go later than usual
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==== Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 10): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 17): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 24): Write Lab Report ====
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** Lab 4 Due May 1 6:00p
  
* Lab 1, Part 3 (Jan 30)
 
** Demos and Tutorials:
 
*** [[LaTeX]]
 
*** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/jupyter_tutorials/lab1/python_intro.ipynb Introduction to Python and Plotting], second pass
 
** In Class:
 
*** [[Writing Lab Reports]]
 
** Lab 1 (Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and Mixers) Due Feb 6 6:00p
 
  
 
<!-- === Lab 2 (Digital Lab) Due Mar 3 6:00p ===
 
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Revision as of 12:05, 12 January 2018

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

Experiments

General Skills Used Through-Out Course

Topics by Date

Lab 1 (Exploring Digital Sampling, Fourier Transforms, and both DSB and SSB Mixers), Due Feb 6 6:00p

Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 16): Sampling and Power Spectra

Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 23): DSB and SSB Mixers

Lab 1, Week 3 (Jan 30): More Mixers, and Lab Reports


Lab 2 (Astronomy with the 21cm Line; Some Microwave Electronics), due Feb 27 6:00p

Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 6): 21cm Line and Waveguides

Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 13): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 20): Write Lab Report

  • Lab 2 Due Feb 27 6:00p

Lab 3 (Radio Interferometry at X Band), due Apr 3 6:00p

Lab 3 Week 1 (Feb 27): Interferometer

Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 6): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 13): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 20): Write Lab Report

  • Lab 3 Due Apr 3 6:00p

No class (Mar 27)

Lab 4 (Mapping the HI Line: the Galaxy and Supershells), due May 1 6:00p

Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 3): Leuschner Dish

  • Trip to Leuschner: Class will go later than usual

Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 10): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 17): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 24): Write Lab Report

    • Lab 4 Due May 1 6:00p


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