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* Demos and Tutorials
 
* Demos and Tutorials
 
** Python Tutorial Part 3: Functions, Modules, and Objects
 
** Python Tutorial Part 3: Functions, Modules, and Objects
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** Matrix Math with Numpy
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** Doppler Corrections, ugradio.doppler
 
* In class:
 
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** Introduction to Horn and Receiver
 
** Introduction to Horn and Receiver
 
** Time
 
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==== Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 18): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
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* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
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** [[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]
 
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/least_squares/lsfit_lite.pdf Least Squares Lite for the Budding Aficionado: Art and Practice]
 
** [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)]
 
* Demos and Tutorials
 
* Demos and Tutorials
** Matrix Math with Numpy
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** [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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** Show and Tell
 
** Show and Tell

Revision as of 14:55, 10 February 2020

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

  • Class Code Repository: http://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio
  • Syllabus
  • Class Hours:
    • Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:30pm
  • Office Hours:
    • Aaron (aparsons at berkeley): Mon 2:30-3:30, Fri 2:30-3:30
    • Emily (emily_ramey at berkeley): Tue 11-12, Thu 2:30-3:30,
    • Jackson (jsipple at berkeley): Tue 2:30-3:30, Wed 11-12
    • Frank Latora (fjlatora at berkeley)
  • Lab Groups:
    • FM 102.1 BOYX
      • Basil Kyriacou
      • Max Lee
      • James Mang
      • Connor McWard
    • STAR 101.3
      • Sarah Truong
      • Olivia Jerram
      • Melanie Rojas
    • Group
      • Rebecca Gore
      • Lukas Finkbeiner
      • Arhror Mehdi
    • Team Rocket
      • Chingam Fong
      • Ziyi Lu
      • Giovanni Pecorino
      • Kian Shahin
    • Space Waves
      • Kyle Miller
      • Delphine Veronese-Milin
      • Mine Gokcen

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 11, 1:00p

Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 21): Sampling and Power Spectra

Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 28): DSB and SSB Mixers

Lab 1, Week 3 (Feb 4): More Mixers, and Lab Reports


Lab 2 (Astronomy with the 21cm Line; Some Microwave Electronics), due Mar 3, 1:00p

Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 11): 21cm Line and Waveguides

Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 18): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 25): Write Lab Report


Lab 3 (Radio Interferometry at X Band), due Apr 7, 1:00p

Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 3): Interferometer

Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 10): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 17): Collect and Analyze Data

No class (Mar 24, 26)

Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 31): Write Lab Report



Lab 4 (Mapping the HI Line: the Galaxy and Supershells), due May 5, 1:00p

Useful Links

Link to Observing Calendar

Leuschner WebCam

Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 7): Leuschner Dish

  • Theory and Background
  • In Class:
    • Trip to Leuschner: Class will go later than usual
    • drive mechanism (how the dish moves)
    • feed (notice probes) and cables
    • IF setup (one channel for OH, one for HI)
    • show spectrum
    • demo action
    • spatial sampling with dish

Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 14): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 21): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 28): Write Lab Report


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