Revision as of 01:40, 20 October 2009 by Ruixue (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search



This is the wiki entry for the CARMA Summer School July 12-18, 2009. Individual talks will be posted here and you are free to post additional notes, comments etc. The participants in the 2009 Summer School will be listed below.

For help on editting Wiki content, see the User's Guide.


Alissa Bans (Chicago)
Kate Barns (Indiana)
Joanna Bulger (Exeter)
Esra Bulbul (UAL)
Chat Hull (UCB)
Nazirah Jetha
Tucker Jones (Caltech)
Alex Lockwood (Caltech)
Laura Lopez (UCSC)
Statia Luszcz (UCB)
Adam Morgan (UCB)
Nurur Rahman (UMD)
David Rebolledo (UIUC)
Lee Rottler (Caltech)
Jonathan Seal (UIUC)
Reid Sherman (Chicago)
Shaye Storm (UMD)
Shriharsh Tendulkar (Caltech)
Rui Xue (UIUC)


Melvyn Wright (UCB)
Dick Plambeck (UCB)
Marc Pound (UMD)
Douglas Bock (OVRO)
Nikolaus Volgenau (OVRO)
John Carpenter (CIT)

Local Organizing Committee

Mary Daniel (OVRO)
Cecil Patrick (OVRO)
Terry Sepsey (OVRO)

Frequently Asked Questions

An FAQ written by Mary Daniel is here.

Travel Arrangements

Air and Land Directions to CARMA

For travel by air there are a number of options - Las Vegas; Los Angeles Area: LAX, Burbank, Ontario; Reno; Inyokern. Each of these requires a 4 to 5 hour drive to get to CARMA from the airport. The exception is Inyokern (airport code IYK) which is a small regional airport in the Owens Valley. However, only United flies to IYK (via LAX) and there are only 2 flights a day. From IYK, it is about a 2 hour drive to CARMA (rental cars available).

Detailed driving directions to OVRO and CARMA from Los Angeles, Reno, and Las Vegas are here.

What To Bring If You Are Camping

Since all meals will be at the control building, the only essential camping equipment is a sleeping bag and a mat. The sleeping bag need not be very warm, since nighttime temperatures will be above freezing. Students who prefer to have a tent to themselves should plan on bringing a tent. Tents will be provided for those who don't mind sharing. We'll do a poll for who needs what, once the accommodation choices are settled.

The campground reserved for the School is Nelson Campground; its entrance is about 1 mile west of the entrance to the CARMA site on the opposite side of the road from CARMA.

When you arrive, check in at the CARMA Control Building to let the observers know you have arrived, to pick up any gear you have reserved and to get directions to the campsite.

Other Things You May Want To Bring

Flashlight, bug spray, plastic coffee mug, sunglasses, windbreaker, sweater, rainjacket, water bottle, binoculars for star gazing/ birdwatching, and good walking shoes.

Shared Rides

Use this wiki to coordinate shared rides. Give your name, your flight details, how many you can accomodate, and special notes such as whether you will be toting camping gear.

Name         Airport          Arrival                 Departure           Renting     Notes                     If Camping...
                       Day    Flight   Time       Day    Flight   Time     Car?                                Can you bring:
                                                                                                               Tent? Sleeping Mat?

Chat Hull       N/A    7/12   N/A     afternoon     7/18    N/A    morning    ?    carpooling from Berkeley with Adam & Statia            Y    Y
Adam Morgan       N/A    7/12   N/A     afternoon     7/18    N/A    morning    ?    carpooling from Berkeley with Chat & Statia            Y    Y
Laura Lopez     N/A    7/12   N/A    afternoon    7/18    N/A    morning    N    driving from Bay area, room for 3   N    N
Alex Lockwood   N/A    7/12   N/A    afternoon    7/18    N/A    morning    N    driving from Pasadena, can take ~2  N    N
Rui Xue         LAS    7/12  AA1082    2:25       7/18   7/19   afternoon  N  Camping, need sleeping pad/tent     N    N
Jonathan Seale  LAS    7/12  AA1082    2:25       7/18   7/19   afternoon   Y    carpooling with Xue and Rebolledo
David Rebolledo LAS    7/12  AA1082    2:25       7/18   7/19   afternoon   N    share car with Seale and Xue.       N
Joanna Bulger   LAX    7/11   NZ1     19:30       7/18    NZ2    16:30      N    lift from Alex; camping             N    Y
Shaye Storm     LAX    7/11 SWA1372   13:40       7/22  SW0689    8:10      N    camping; need sleeping mat          Y    N
Tucker Jones    N/A    7/12   N/A    whenever     7/18    N/A    whenever   N    carpooling from Pasadena            Y    Y
Kate Barnes     LAS    7/12  SW167    11am        7/19   SW222    6pm       Y    camping                             Y    Y
Marc Pound      LAS    7/12  SW1837    9:45       7/19  SW1850   15:30      Y    can offer ride; camping             Y    Y
Reid Sherman    SFO    7/04  SW0551    4:50       7/19  SW3938   12:15      N    Getting a ride with Dick Plambeck   Y    Y
Statia Cook       N/A      7/12   --      whenever  7/18   whenever      maybe   Camping (I have some extra equipment), riding with Chat & Adam  Y    Y
Shriharsh Tendulkar    N/A    7/12   N/A    whenever     7/18    N/A    whenever   N    Camping: Ride with Alex            Y    Y
Alissa Bans     LAX    7/12  SW0331   9:20am      7/20  SW0798   6:40pm   maybe   Not sure yet                        N    Y

Nurur Rahman     LAX    7/11  SW1372   12:10pm     7/20  SW328    12:40pm   Y      Riding with Shaye to/from LAX      N
Esra Bulbul     LAS    N/A    N/A      Whenever    7/19  DL1092   11:15 pm  N      renting a car
Nazirah Jetha   LAS    N/A    N/A      Whenever    7/19  D1092    11:15 pm  N      Riding with Esra


You are encouraged to bring your own laptop; a few desktops will be available for student use. Wireless access will be available; if you require a cable ethernet connection please let Marc Pound know. We will have a switch with 6 ports and 6 ethernet cables. If more than six people need cable ethernet, you'll have to share! MIRIAD is the data reduction and analysis environment. You should try to install it before arriving at the school. It can be installed on Linux and Mac. Sorry, we don't support cygwin. See the Miriad wiki page for details on installing; if you have questions contact Peter Teuben (


Electricity will be supplied at 120V, 60 Hz, using outlets accepting "American-style" parallel flat-pronged plugs.

Proposed Agenda


Lectures and Handouts

Complete Mel Lectures Introduction to Millimeter Wave Astronomy

Computing Lecture #1 (Marc)

CARMA observing scripts (John)

Observing Schedule (Download this and view in a text editor -- your browser will probably screw up the spacing if you view as a web page)

Hardware lecture #1 (Dick)

Observer Daily Tasks and Responsibilities (Nikolaus) (powerpoint, 11MB)

Observing demonstration (Nikolaus)

Passband Calibration (John)

Passband calibration csh script (John)

Chat's reduction stuff

Hardware lecture #2 (Revised) (Dick)

Map for Second Lake hike (Dick)


Here you can put links to any Summer School photo albums you have created.

Marc's pictures (PUBLIC LINK) -- updated July 17

Rui's pictures (HIKING PART)

Group Photo #1

Group Photo #2

Group Photo #3

How to copy your files in one step

This will only work for copying files to or from /opt/summerschoolscratch. For your scripts and catalogs, you'll still have to do the Texas two-step. To copy files FROM /opt/summerschoolscratch TO your laptop:

scp [-r] ./myfile

Where you is the sub-directory you created for yourself in the summerschoolscratch area. Use the -r option if you are copying a directory (e.g. a MIRIAD data file).

To copy files TO /opt/summerschoolscratch FROM your laptop:

scp -r myfile

Personal tools