Decrease in noise versus integration time.

sep 2002

    Data was taken for 100 minutes (6000 seconds) on 05sep02 with the IF connected to the downstairs noise source. 1.5625 Mhz bandwidth and 1024 channels were used.  Each record was integrated for 6 seconds giving a total of 1000 records. A second order baseline was removed from all of the spectra and then they were summed for 6,12, 24, 48, 96, 192, 384, 768, 1536, 3072, and 6000 seconds. ,The plots show the rms noise (deltaT/Tsys) versus integration. The axis use a log scale. Black is polA and red is polB. The 4 boards are plotted one after another.

    A linear fit was made to the log of the equation:

 dT=Tsys*1./ sqrt(B*Tau)  --> log(dT)= -.5*log(Tau) + C

It is the green line over plotting the data.  The slope should be -.5. The fit value for the slope is printed on each plot.

    The expected value for the rms after 6000 seconds should have been:

1.04/sqrt(1.5625*1e6/1024* 1.208*6000) = .000312 dT/Tsys.

(1.04 from 9 level sampling, 1.208 for the filter shape). The measured values were .00035 dT/Tsys. The larger measured value is probably coming from residual filter shape after the 2nd order baseline removal.

    This shows that the correlator and downstairs IF/LO is integrating properly for at least 100 minutes.

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