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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_2021_spring.docx Syllabus]
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/ugradio/raw/master/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/1502778 1502778]
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* Bcourses: [https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/courses/1512067 1512067]
 
* Discord: https://discord.gg/vdmcyZcAbS
 
* Discord: https://discord.gg/vdmcyZcAbS
 
* Class Hours:
 
* Class Hours:
** Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-3:00pm
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** Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-3:30pm
 
* Office Hours:
 
* Office Hours:
** Aaron Parsons (aparsons at berkeley): M 3-4pm, F 1-2pm, or by appointment, in standard [https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/3587609756 Zoom Room: 358 760 9756]
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** Aaron Parsons (aparsons at berkeley): TBD, or by appointment, in standard [https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/3587609756 Zoom Room: 358 760 9756]
** Tyler Cox (tyler.a.cox at Berkeley): T/W/TH 9-10am, 3-4pm 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)
** Kyle Miller (ckmiller at berkeley): by appointment and ~ MTWThF 10-11am on Discord!
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** Mine Gokcen (minegokcen at berkeley):
** Frank Latora (fjlatora at berkeley)
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** Frank Latora (fjlatora at berkeley):
 
* Lab Groups:
 
* Lab Groups:
 
** Group 1
 
** Group 1
*** Madeline Sandfrey
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** Group 2
*** Olivia Salaben
 
*** Melanie Russo
 
*** Jennifer Evans
 
** Group 2 (The Four-ier Musketeers)
 
*** Parker Trautwein
 
*** Lawerence Edmond
 
*** Ben Terao
 
 
** Group 3
 
** Group 3
*** Robert Zhu
 
*** Derek Perera
 
*** Tristan Streichenberger
 
*** Nishant Mishra
 
 
** Group 4
 
** Group 4
*** Peggy Guo
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** Group 5
*** Savannah Piel
 
*** Richard Spencer
 
** Group 5 (5quist sampling)
 
*** Blake Miller
 
*** Rebecca Lehman
 
*** Andy Singh
 
*** Benjamin Zhang
 
  
 
=== 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 9, 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 8, 1:30p ===
==== Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 19): Sampling and Power Spectra ====
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==== Lab 1, Week 1 (Jan 18): Sampling and Power Spectra ====
 
* Resources and Handouts
 
* Resources and Handouts
 
** [[Nyquist Sampling]]
 
** [[Nyquist Sampling]]
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** [https://youtu.be/oJplegmHeAI Lecture 2 Zoom Recording]
 
** [https://youtu.be/oJplegmHeAI Lecture 2 Zoom Recording]
  
==== Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 27): DSB and SSB Mixers ====
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==== Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 26): 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 2): More Mixers, and Lab Reports ====
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==== Lab 1, Week 3 (Feb 1): More Mixers, and Lab Reports ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[LaTeX]]
 
** [[LaTeX]]
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** Show and Tell
 
** Show and Tell
 
** Writing Lab Reports
 
** Writing Lab Reports
* Lab 1 Due Feb 9, 1:00p
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* Lab 1 Due Feb 8, 1:30p
  
 
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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 ===
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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 ===
==== Lab 2, Week 1 (Feb 9): 21cm Line and Waveguides ====
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==== 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]
 
** [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://youtu.be/htF9zWPzeLQ Lecture 8]
 
** [https://youtu.be/htF9zWPzeLQ Lecture 8]
  
==== Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 16): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 2, Week 2 (Feb 15): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Impedance]]
 
** [[Impedance]]
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** [https://youtu.be/xre1hQiZKCM Lecture 10]
 
** [https://youtu.be/xre1hQiZKCM Lecture 10]
  
==== Lab 2, Week 3 (Feb 23): Write Lab Report ====
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==== 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]
 
** [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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** Least Squares Part 2
 
** Least Squares Part 2
 
** [https://youtu.be/M92l0k45Gjw Lecture 11]
 
** [https://youtu.be/M92l0k45Gjw Lecture 11]
* Lab 2 Due Mar 2, 1:00p
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* Lab 2 Due Mar 1, 1:30p
  
 
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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 ===
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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 ===
  
==== Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 2): Interferometer ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 1): Interferometer ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Coordinates]]
 
** [[Coordinates]]
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** [https://youtu.be/5IDLQMO6_8g Lecture 13]
 
** [https://youtu.be/5IDLQMO6_8g Lecture 13]
  
==== Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 9): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 8): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Measurement Equation]]
 
** [[Measurement Equation]]
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** [https://youtu.be/xVtmz0TfUJg Lecture 15]
 
** [https://youtu.be/xVtmz0TfUJg Lecture 15]
  
==== Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 16): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 15): Collect and Analyze Data ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
** [[Basic Interferometry II]]
 
** [[Basic Interferometry II]]
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==== No class (Mar 23, 26) ====
 
==== No class (Mar 23, 26) ====
  
==== Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 30): Write Lab Report ====
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==== Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 29): Write Lab Report ====
 
* Theory and Background
 
* Theory and Background
 
*** [[Correlators]]
 
*** [[Correlators]]
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** [https://youtu.be/Nl5h3Hi51bQ Lecture 18]
 
** [https://youtu.be/Nl5h3Hi51bQ Lecture 18]
 
** [https://youtu.be/GVugVn5PdB0 Lecture 19]
 
** [https://youtu.be/GVugVn5PdB0 Lecture 19]
* Lab 3 Due Apr 7, 1:00p
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* Lab 3 Due Apr 6, 1:30p
  
  
 
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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 ===
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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 ===
  
 
==== 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 6): Leuschner Dish ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 5): 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 13): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 2 (Apr 12): 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 20): Collect and Analyze Data ====
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==== Lab 4 Week 3 (Apr 19): 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 27): Write Lab Report ====
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==== 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)]  
 
** [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 4, 1:00p
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** Lab 4 Due May 3, 1:30p
 
* 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*@ )]

Revision as of 14:54, 12 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

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 8, 1:30p

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

Lab 1, Week 2 (Jan 26): DSB and SSB Mixers

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


Lab 2 (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 2 (Feb 15): Collect and Analyze Data

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


Lab 3 (Radio Interferometry at X Band), due Apr 5, 1:00p

Lab 3 Week 1 (Mar 1): Interferometer

Lab 3 Week 2 (Mar 8): Collect and Analyze Data

Lab 3 Week 3 (Mar 15): Collect and Analyze Data

No class (Mar 23, 26)

Lab 3 Week 4 (Mar 29): Write Lab Report



Lab 4 (Mapping the HI Line: the Galaxy and Supershells), due May 3, 1:30p

Useful Links

Link to Observing Calendar

Leuschner WebCam

Lab 4 Week 1 (Apr 5): Leuschner Dish

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

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

Lab 4 Week 4 (Apr 26): Write Lab Report


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