NAIC NRAO

Seventh NAIC/NRAO Single-Dish Summer School

Arecibo Observatory
July 10 – 17, 2013

SDSS7 Program

SDSS7 Program

Wednesday, July 10
1400 - 1800 Conference Registration (library)
1800 onwards Reception/Dinner (poolside)
Thursday, July 11
0800 - 0900 Breakfast (cafeteria – buy-your-own)
0800 - 0900 Wake-me-up Coffee & Conference Registration (L.C.)
0900 - 0915 Welcome to Arecibo & An Overview of the Gordon 305-m Telescope - R. Kerr PPT
0915 - 0930 School Practicalities - R. Minchin
0930 - 1030 Science Highlights from the Arecibo & Green Bank Telescopes - C. Salter PDF & J. Lockman PDF
1030 - 1100 Coffee Break (V.C.)
1100 - 1200 An Introduction to Radio Astronomy Essentials - J. Condon Essential Radio Astronomy web course
1200 - 1300 Lunch (V.C.)
1300 - 1400 Fundamentals of Single-Dish Radio Astronomy, Part I - S. Ransom (Radiation Fundamentals) Essential Radio Astronomy web course
1400 - 1500 Fundamentals of Single-Dish Radio Astronomy, Part II - J. Condon (Antennas and Radiometers from a single-dish perspective, Including an overall description of the basic concepts of radio astronomy) Essential Radio Astronomy web course
1500 - 1530 Coffee Break (V.C.)
1530 - 1630 Tracing the Signal down the Telescope - R. Maddalena PPTX
1630 - 1730 The Hands-On Projects - Organization and Logistics
1730 - 1900 Dinner with Hands-on teams planning strategy (poolside)
1900 - 2100 After dinner discussions and free time (poolside)
1900 - 0000 Hands-On Observing - GBT
Friday, July 12
0730 - 0830 Breakfast (cafeteria – buy-your-own)
0830 - 1000 Observatory tours, and panel discussion (Tours of telescope structure, control room, electronics lab., lidar lab., plus science and observing panel discussion)
1000 - 1030 Coffee Break (gazebo)
1030 - 1200 Observatory tours, and panel discussion (Tours of telescope structure, control room, electronics lab., lidar lab., plus science and observing panel discussion)
1200 - 1330 Lunch (poolside)
1330 - 1430 Spectral lines - R. Minchin PPTX
1430 - 1445 Short GBT Science Talk - A. Kepley
1445 - 1530 Coffee Break (V.C.)
1530 - 1630 Continuum Observing - B. Mason (An overview of thermal and non-thermal emission, observing issues, e.g. confusion, gain fluctuations, etc.) PDF
1630 - 1730 Pulsars - S. Ransom (Pulsar properties, searching and timing pulsars, NanoGRAV, etc.) PDF
1730 - 1900 Dinner (poolside)
1900 - 2100 After dinner discussions and free time (poolside)
1900 - 0000 Hands-On Observing - GBT & Arecibo
Saturday, July 13
0630 - 0800 Platform Tour 1 (bottles of water/juice in L.C.)
0730 - 0830 Breakfast (cafeteria – buy-you-own)
0730 - 0830 Wake-me-up Coffee (L.C.)
0830 - 0930 Calibration and Data Reduction Techniques from cm through mm Wavelengths - K. O'Neil (Basic techniques, including position switching, frequency switching, finding your “off” in a map) PPT
0930 - 1030 The Atmosphere, including Weather - R. Maddalena (Including atmospheric effects on observations, ionospheric effects, refraction, opacity, wind-induced pointing errors, frequency-dependence of absorption, and anomalous refraction) PPTX
1030 - 1100 Coffee Break (V.C.)
1100 - 1130 Frequency Management - K. O'Neil (Spectrum allocation, radio quiet and coordination zones) PPTX
1130 - 1200 RFI and how to deal with it - T. Minter PPT
1200 - 1330 Lunch (cafeteria)
1330 - 1430 Receivers: Types and Uses - D. Whitlow (An overview of receiver types - single feeds, traditional arrays, phased arrays, and bolometers) PPT
1430 - 1530 Backends & Signal Processing Basics - L. Quintero PDF PPT
1530 - 1600 Coffee Break (V.C.)
1600 - 1700 Polarization - C. Heiles, University of California, Berkeley (Includes linear & circular polarization, Zeeman Splitting, Mueller Matrices) PDF
1700 - 1715 Short GBT Science Talk - A. Ford
1730 - 1900 Dinner (cafeteria)
1900 - 1930 IDL Q&A sessions for beginners in the library - R. Minchin & R. Maddalena(optional)
1900 - 2100 After dinner discussions and free time (poolside)
1900 - 0000 Hands-On Observing - GBT & Arecibo
Sunday, July 14
0630 - 0800 Platform Tour 2 (bottles of water/juice in L.C.)
0730 - 0830 Breakfast (cafeteria – buy-you-own)
0730 - 0830 Wake-me-up Coffee (L.C.)
0830 - 0930 Observing Extended Sources - J. Lockman (Includes stray radiation) PDF
0930 - 1030 Planetary Radar - M. Nolan PPTX
1030 - 1100 Coffee Break (V.C.)
1100 - 1200 Short Spacing Corrections from a Single-Dish Perspective - M. Johnson/A. Kepley (Combining synthesis and single dish data) PDF
1200 - 1230 Star Formation and Single-Dish Telescopes: What Can We Learn? - D. Frayer PPTX
1230 - 1330 Lunch (cafeteria)
1330 - 1500 Hands-On Projects - Data reduction
1500 - 1530 Coffee Break (VC & Gazebo)
1530 - 1730 Hands-On Projects - Data reduction
1730 - 1900 Dinner (cafeteria)
1900 - 2100 After dinner discussions and free time (poolside)
1900 - 0000 Hands-On Observing - Arecibo
Monday, July 15
0630 - 0800 Platform Tour 3 (bottles of water/juice in L.C.)
0730 - 0830 Breakfast (cafeteria – buy-you-own)
0730 - 0830 Wake-me-up Coffee (L.C.)
0830 - 0930 Phased Array Feeds - J. Ford PDF
0930 - 1000 Radio Telescopes from the Software Perspective - P. Marganian PPTX
1000 - 1030 Coffee break (V.C)
1030 - 1115 Observing Techniques with Coherent Detector Arrays - R. Minchin PPTX
1115 - 1145 Observing Techniques with Bolometer Arrays- B. Mason PDF
1145 - 1300 Lunch (poolside)
1300 - 1500 Hands-On Projects - Data Reduction
1500 - 1530 Coffee break (V.C.)
1530 - 1600 Writing Effective Telescope Proposals - C. Salter (Using Arecibo as the example) PDF of slides; PDF paper
1600 - 1615 GBT Proposal Specifics - T. Minter PPT
1615 - 1630 Short GBT Science Talk: Mapping the HI Neighborhood Around Starburst Dwarf Galaxies NGC 1569, NGC 4214 and NGC 4163 - M. Johnson PPTX
1630 - 1730 Hands-On Projects - Data Reduction
1730 - 1900 Dinner (poolside)
1900 - 2100 After dinner discussions and free time (poolside)
Tuesday, July 16
0730 - 0830 Breakfast (cafeteria – buy-you-own)
0830 - 1000 Hands-On Projects - Data Reduction
1000 - 1030 Coffee break (V.C. & Gazebo)
1030 - 1200 Hands-On Projects - Presentation Preparation
1200 - 1330 Lunch (poolside)
1330 - 1400 Hands-on Projects - Presentation Preparation/Load Talks
1400 - 1530 Hands-on Projects Presentations (5-min talks):
  • AO1 - Extragalactic Molecular Lines PDF
  • AO2 - Polarization Studies PDF
  • AO3 & GB7 - Large Galaxies with Large Dishes PDF
  • AO5 - Planetary Radar PPT
  • AO6 - Digital Signal Processing using CASPER Tools PPTX
  • AO8 - Investigating New Pulsars PDF
  • GB1 - Gas Detection in Galaxies PPTX
  • GB2 - Continuum Observations of the Cygnus Loop PDF
  • GB3 - HI Mapping of Tidal Tails PDF
  • GB4 - Radio Recombination Lines in the Milky Way PPTX
  • GB5 - Giant Atomic Cloud HI and OH mapping PDF
  • GB6 - Pulsar Searches PDF
1530 - 1600 Coffee Break (V.C.)
1600 - 1700 The ALFA Surveys:
  • GALFACTS - C. Salter PDF
  • GALFA-HI - C. Heiles PPT
  • P-ALFA - J. Deneva PDF
  • SIGGMA - R. Minchin PPTX
  • E-ALFA (concentrating on AGES) - R. Taylor ZIP (including movies) PPTX (links to movies on YouTube)
1700 - 1800 Single Dish Telescopes Now and Into the Future - K. O'Neil PPTX
1800 - 2130 Barbecue/banquet with guest speaker - Y. Kovalev PDF - and awarding of certificates (poolside)
Wednesday, July 17
0730 - 0830 Breakfast (cafeteria – buy-you-own)
0900 onwards Local activity and Participants Depart
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