2016 February AVN Training School

Programme and Talks

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Short Programme: AVN Training School:

Monday 22 February: Welcome and Introduction

08:30 - 11:00: Welcome and Introduction <download talk> 
11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee
11:30 - 13:00: Tour of the facility
14:00 - 15:00: History of radio astronomy I  <download talk>
15:00 - 16:00: History of radio astronomy II  

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee Break
18:30 - 19:30: Dinner ( labs will close at 20:00)

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Tuesday 23 February: Introduction to Radio Astronomy

09:00 - 10:00: Radio astronomy basic terms  <download talk>

10:00 - 11:00: Measurement errors 

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Radio antennas  <download talk>

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 16:00: Hike

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Social Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)



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Wednesday 24 February: History of Radio Astronomy in SA

09:00 - 10:00: History of HartRAO <download talk>

10:00 - 11:00: History and status of the AVN <download talk>

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: History and status of the SKA, KAT-7, MeerKAT <download talk>

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 16:00: Half day tour to SANSA

Historical background of SANSA <download talk             

Industrial applications 

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)

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Thursday 25 February: Coordinate and Timing Systems
09:00 - 10:00: Overview of coordinate systems  <download talk>             

10:00 - 11:00: Overview of coordinate systems  

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Climb the dish - 

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:00: Timing systems <download talk>

15:00 - 16:00: Pointing 

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)

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Friday 26 February: Signal Flow and Processing

09:00 - 10:00: Microwave receiver systems <download talk>

10:00 - 11:30: Tour of the workshop

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Microwave receiver systems 

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 16:00: Microwave receiver systems 

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)



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Saturday 27 February: Excursion and Social Event

08:30: Buses depart from HartRAO

14:00 - 15:00: Lunch at HartRAO (labs open from 14:00 - 18:00)

15:00 - 16:00: Using your imagination <download talk>

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 21:00: Braai

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Sunday 28 February: No class, free time

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs open on request and will close at 20:00)
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Monday 29 February: Signal Flow and Processing

09:00 - 09:30: Antenna performance <download talk

10:00 - 11:00: Calibrating a small radio telescope 

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Measuring the HPBW 

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:00: Detecting radio emission from space

15:00 - 16:00: Exercises 

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00: Continue with exercises 

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)


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Tuesday 01 March: Single-dish Observations: Drift scans

09:00 - 09:30: Power received from radio emitters <download talk>

09:30 - 10:00: Single-dish continuum observations of AGN <download talk>

10:00 - 11:00: Drift scan observations 

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Drift scan observations and calibration 

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:00: Radiometer, square law detector <download talk>

15:00 - 16:00: Continue with exercises

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00: Continue with exercises

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)



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Wednesday 02 March: Single-dish Observations: Spectral Line

09:00 - 11:00: Spectral line observations  <download talk>

10:00 - 11:00: Spectral line observations  <download talk               

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Spectral line observations                       

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 16:00: Spectral line observations 

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)


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Thursday 03 March: Technical Aspects and Amateur Radio Astronomy

09:00 - 10:00: Radio telescopes: technical aspects <download talk>                     

10:00 - 11:00: RFI  <download talk>

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Antenna conversion <download talk>

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:00: Amateur radio astronomy 

15:00 - 16:00: Astronomy for Teachers

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)
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Friday 04 March: Radio Surveys and Data Mining

09:00 - 10:00: Surveys and data mining <download talk>

10:00 - 11:00: Virtual Observatory tools <download talk: Khadija>

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Virtual Observatory tools 

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 16:00: Virtual Observatory tools (Nadeem) <download talk: Nadeem>            

TOPCAT
               
              

Aladin

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)


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Saturday 05 March: Outreach and Education

09:00 - 10:00: Astronomy outreach and education <download talk: Zambian>

10:00 - 11:00: Astronomy outreach and education  <download talk: Kenya>

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Talk from the Office of Astronomy Development <download talk>

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 16:00: Astronomy outreach and education 

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner special event (labs will close at 20:00)

19:30 - 21:30: Sky viewing evening


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Sunday 06 March: Fourier Transforms

10:00 - 11:00: Fourier transforms <download talk>                         

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Fourier transforms 

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch       

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)   

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Monday 07 March: Radio Interferometry and VLBI

09:00 - 10:00: Introduction to  interferometry and VLBI <download talk: Alet> <download talk: Roelf> <download talk: Ludwig>

10:00 - 11:00: Interferometry theory and VLBI I  <download talk>                          

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: Interferometry theory and VLBI II          

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:00: VLBI techniques  

15:00 - 16:00: Introduction to astrometric VLBI <download talk

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

16:30 - 17:00: Introduction to geodetic VLBI <download talk

17:00 - 18:00: Introduction to VieVs <download talk> 

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)


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Tuesday 08 March: Radio Interferometry and VLBI

09:00 - 11:00: VieVs exercises <download talk>

11:00 - 11:30: Tea/Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00: UCT interferometer <download talk>

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch              

14:00 - 16:00: Stellar GPS: navigation (Invited Talk) <download talk>

16:00 - 16:30: Tea/Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00: Feedback and evaluation session

18:30 - 19:30: Dinner (labs will close at 20:00)


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N.B 09 -12 March: IVS VLBI School

 

DARA MEETING TALKS <download talks>