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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_2020_spring.docx Syllabus]
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/raw/master/schedule/syllabus_2021_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]
 
* Class Hours:
 
* Class Hours:
** Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:30pm
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** Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-3:00pm
 
* Office Hours:
 
* Office Hours:
** Aaron (aparsons at berkeley): Mon 2:30-3:30, Fri 2:30-3:30
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** Aaron Parsons (aparsons at berkeley): TBD
** Emily (emily_ramey at berkeley): Tue 11-12, Thu 2:30-3:30,
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** Tyler Cox (tyler.cox at berkeley): TBD
** Jackson (jsipple at berkeley): Tue 2:30-3:30, Wed 11-12
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** Kyle Miller (ckmiller at berkeley): TTBD
 
** Frank Latora (fjlatora at berkeley)
 
** Frank Latora (fjlatora at berkeley)
 
* Lab Groups:
 
* Lab Groups:
** FM 102.1 BOYX
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** TBD
*** 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
 
*** Dhruv Muley
 
*** Mine Gokcen
 
  
 
=== Experiments ===
 
=== Experiments ===
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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 11, 1:00p ===
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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 9, 1:00p ===
==== Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 21): Sampling and Power Spectra ====
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==== Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 19): Sampling and Power Spectra ====
 
* Resources and Handouts
 
* Resources and Handouts
 
** [[Nyquist Sampling]]
 
** [[Nyquist Sampling]]
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*** PicoScope 2206a
 
*** PicoScope 2206a
  
==== Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 28): DSB and SSB Mixers ====
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==== Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 27): DSB and SSB Mixers ====
 
* Theory and Background:
 
* Theory and Background:
 
** [[Heterodyne Mixers]]
 
** [[Heterodyne Mixers]]
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** Show and Tell (10m per group)
 
** Show and Tell (10m per group)
  
==== Lab 1, Week 3 (Feb 4): More Mixers, and Lab Reports ====
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==== Lab 1, Week 3 (Feb 2): More Mixers, and Lab Reports ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[LaTeX]]
 
** [[LaTeX]]
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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 3, 1:00p ===
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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 Mar 2, 1:00p ===
==== Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 11): 21cm Line and Waveguides ====
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==== Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 9): 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]
 
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_bighorn/cal_intensity.pdf Calibrating the Intensity and Shape of Spectral Lines]
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** Coordinates
 
** Coordinates
  
==== Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 18): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 16): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Impedance]]
 
** [[Impedance]]
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** Fitting Gaussians and Polynomials, ugradio.gauss
 
** Fitting Gaussians and Polynomials, ugradio.gauss
  
==== Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 25): Write Lab Report ====
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==== Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 23): 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]
 
** [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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=== Lab 3 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_interf/interf.pdf Radio Interferometry at X Band]), due Apr 7, 1:00p ===
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=== Lab 3 ([https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/blob/master/lab_interf/interf.pdf Radio Interferometry at X Band]), due Apr 6, 1:00p ===
  
==== Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 3): Interferometer ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 2): Interferometer ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Coordinates]]
 
** [[Coordinates]]
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** Interferometry with Strings
 
** Interferometry with Strings
  
==== Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 10): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 9): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Measurement Equation]]
 
** [[Measurement Equation]]
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** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/2eFwFZHs1kxOHp3t7F_FQ54oGKfkaaa81nNP-KFbnhwf4D6Oc7SP0K1SgVV7gAAI Lab 3 Lecture 4 (Thursday 3/12/20)]
 
** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/2eFwFZHs1kxOHp3t7F_FQ54oGKfkaaa81nNP-KFbnhwf4D6Oc7SP0K1SgVV7gAAI Lab 3 Lecture 4 (Thursday 3/12/20)]
  
==== Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 17): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 16): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Basic Interferometry II]]
 
** [[Basic Interferometry II]]
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** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/5uF5BYjWqFlIYqOXyET1WKk6MZTAX6a80Sgf-ftcyUx2t-yZvMdNuHdJbAYB-Zjf Lab 3 Lecture 6 (Thursday 3/19/20)]
 
** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/5uF5BYjWqFlIYqOXyET1WKk6MZTAX6a80Sgf-ftcyUx2t-yZvMdNuHdJbAYB-Zjf Lab 3 Lecture 6 (Thursday 3/19/20)]
  
==== No class (Mar 24, 26) ====
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==== No class (Mar 23, 26) ====
  
==== Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 31): Write Lab Report ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 30): Write Lab Report ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
*** [[Correlators]]
 
*** [[Correlators]]
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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 5, 1:00p ===
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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 4, 1:00p ===
  
 
==== Useful Links ====
 
==== Useful Links ====
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[http://leuschner.berkeley.edu:8080 Leuschner WebCam]
 
[http://leuschner.berkeley.edu:8080 Leuschner WebCam]
  
==== Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 7): Leuschner Dish ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 6): Leuschner Dish ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Specific Intensity]]
 
** [[Specific Intensity]]
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** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/yYtJDpzz52pOc5GR42PxBbA_QorFT6a81CAfr6IKyRre8X_2LRtd9NPzNNLXeBCw Lab 4 Lecture 2 (Thursday 4/9/20)]
 
** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/yYtJDpzz52pOc5GR42PxBbA_QorFT6a81CAfr6IKyRre8X_2LRtd9NPzNNLXeBCw Lab 4 Lecture 2 (Thursday 4/9/20)]
  
==== Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 14): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 13): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[21cm Transition]]
 
** [[21cm Transition]]
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** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/wsAsELX3yThOTJXExEjjWaI4Mdq7eaa8hicf__AEzEkISCgjfujdIe8CV-yXP8VP Lab 4 Lecture 4 (Thursday 4/16; access G7*##+1O)]
 
** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/wsAsELX3yThOTJXExEjjWaI4Mdq7eaa8hicf__AEzEkISCgjfujdIe8CV-yXP8VP Lab 4 Lecture 4 (Thursday 4/16; access G7*##+1O)]
  
==== Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 21): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 20): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Emission Line Observing]]
 
** [[Emission Line Observing]]
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** Lab 4 Lecture 6 (Thursday 4/23): share day; no recording
 
** Lab 4 Lecture 6 (Thursday 4/23): share day; no recording
  
==== Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 28): Write Lab Report ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 27): 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)]  
 
** [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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** Show and Tell
 
** Show and Tell
 
** displaying information in image form
 
** displaying information in image form
** Lab 4 Due May 5, 1:00p (extension to May 12 if you email me)
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** Lab 4 Due May 4, 1:00p
 
* Lecture Links
 
* Lecture Links
 
** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/6pVKDIHL7XlIQ5GVtAL4Q4klI7Tvaaa81HBP_vBezRuCI54jJ3AKdenjUZB-gScx Lab 4 Lecture 7 (Tuesday 4/28; access 3h=j11*@ )]
 
** [https://berkeley.zoom.us/rec/share/6pVKDIHL7XlIQ5GVtAL4Q4klI7Tvaaa81HBP_vBezRuCI54jJ3AKdenjUZB-gScx Lab 4 Lecture 7 (Tuesday 4/28; access 3h=j11*@ )]
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* Lab 2, Part 1 (Feb 11)
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* Lab 2, Part 1  
 
** Quiz 4 on:
 
** Quiz 4 on:
 
** Breakout Sessions:
 
** Breakout Sessions:
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*** Intro to Lab 2, pick groups
 
*** Intro to Lab 2, pick groups
  
* Lab 2, Part 2 (Feb 18)
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* Lab 2, Part 2  
 
** Quiz 5 on:
 
** Quiz 5 on:
 
*** [[Data Representations]]
 
*** [[Data Representations]]
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*** [[Intro to ROACH]]
 
*** [[Intro to ROACH]]
  
* Lab 2, Part 3 (Feb 25)
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* Lab 2, Part 3  
 
** Quiz 6 on:
 
** Quiz 6 on:
 
*** [[Synchronous and Asynchronous Logic]]
 
*** [[Synchronous and Asynchronous Logic]]
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*** Simulating an FIR filter
 
*** Simulating an FIR filter
 
*** Lab feedback
 
*** Lab feedback
** Lab 2 (Digital Lab) Due Mar 3 6:00p
 
 
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Revision as of 17:22, 13 January 2021

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 9, 1:00p

Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 19): Sampling and Power Spectra

Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 27): DSB and SSB Mixers

Lab 1, Week 3 (Feb 2): More Mixers, and Lab Reports


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

Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 9): 21cm Line and Waveguides

Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 16): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 23): Write Lab Report


Lab 3 (Radio Interferometry at X Band), due Apr 6, 1:00p

Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 2): Interferometer

Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 9): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 16): Collect and Analyze Data

No class (Mar 23, 26)

Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 30): Write Lab Report



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

Useful Links

Link to Observing Calendar

Leuschner WebCam

Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 6): Leuschner Dish

Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 13): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 20): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 27): Write Lab Report


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