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This is the wiki entry for the CARMA Summer School July 11-18, 2010. Individual talks will be posted here and you are free to post additional notes, comments etc. The participants in the 2010 Summer School will be listed below.

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Melvyn Wright (UCB)
Dick Plambeck (UCB)
Marc Pound (UMD)
Doug Friedel (UIUC)
Nikolaus Volgenau (OVRO)
John Carpenter (CIT)


Swarnima Manohar (CIT)
Raquel Monje (CIT)
Thiago Goncalves (CIT)
Mislav Balokovic (University of Split/CIT)
David Fisher (UMD)
Rodrigo Herrera Camus (UMD)
Katie Jameson (UMD)
Ben Westbrook (UCB)
Felippe Navarrete (Max Planck)
Rie Miura (U Tokyo)
Adele Plunkett (Yale)
Andrea Banzatti (Zurich)
Jason Speights (NM Inst of Mining and Tech)
Tim Weinzirl (U of Texas)
Manuel Merello (U of Texas)
Thomas FOK Kai Tung (U of Hong Kong)
Marc Royster (Northwestern)
Shi Hui (Chinese Academy of Sci)

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, and Mammoth Lakes. Most of these require a 4 to 5 hour drive to get to CARMA from the airport. The exceptions are Inyokern (airport code IYK) and Mammoth Lakes (airport code MMH) which are small regional airports near the Owens Valley. Only United flies to IYK (via LAX) and there are 2 flights a day. From IYK, it is about a 2 hour drive to CARMA (rental cars from Avis and Dollar available). Mammoth Lakes Airport is one hour north of OVRO and also has a few flights per day from LAX, with Enterprise rental cars available. See here for details.

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, hat with brim (for sun), sweater, rainjacket, water bottle, binoculars for star gazing/ birdwatching, and good walking shoes.

Shared Rides

Use this wiki table 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. For help on editting wiki tables, see this page
Gender will be used to match up shared dorm/tent accomodations.

Participant Travel Information
Name Gender Airport Arrival
Renting Car? Camping? If Camping, can you bring:
Tent? / Sleeping Mat?
Joe Example M LAX Jul 11 / #1234 / 10am Jul 19 / #4321 / 2pm Y Y N/Y I can take 3 riders.
David Fisher M Berkeley Not flying (will be in Berkeley) Not flying (returning to Berkeley) N N ... I am looking for a ride from anyone going through the SF Bay Area.
Swarnima Manohar F Pasadena Not flying as I live in LA area Not flying as returning to Pasadena N N ... Ride to CARMA from anywhere around LA/Pasadena.
Thiago S. Gonçalves M Pasadena July 11, driving July 17 N N ... Probably driving my own car, with room for 3-4 more; Would rather not camp since I recently broke my collarbone
Thomas Fok M LAX July 11 / CX882 / 1425 (not yet confirmed) (not yet confirmed) N Y sleeping bag I can't drive. May I ask Swarnima Manohar to pick me up at LAX? It would help me a lot.
Jason Speights M not yet confirmed not yet confirmed not yet confirmed Y N ... Probably flying into Vegas or Reno and driving from there. I'll have room for 2-3 passengers.
Rie Miura F LAX July 11 / SQ12 / 1255 July 18 / SQ11 / 1445 N N ... I can't drive, so I am looking for a shared ride from the LAX airport.
Marc Pound M Las Vegas July 11 / Southwest #1188/ 1250 July 19 / Southwest #3309 / 0835 Y Y Y/Y Can take riders
Adele Plunkett F LAX or LV July 11 July 17 Maybe Y sleeping bag Looking to share a ride from LAX (or maybe Las Vegas). Anyone leaving July 17?
Katie Jameson F BUR July 10 / AA1877 / 2:30pm July 18 Y Y sleeping bag Will be driving up July 11 from Pasadena and returning to Burbank at 11AM on July 18. Can take 2-3 riders


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.

Planning Your Observing Project

The CARMA telescope is designed as an aperture synthesis telescope. There are two receiver bands: 3 mm and 1 mm. A basic aperture synthesis observation makes an image the size of the primary beam (λ/D ~1 arcmin at 100 GHz; 0.5 arcmin at 230 GHz) with a resolution corresponding to the maximum separations of the 15 antennas. During the Summer School, CARMA will be in the most compact E configuration, with an angular resolution ~10 arcsec at 100 GHz, and ~4-5 arcsec at 230 GHz. Your observing project should be achievable in a 3-4 hours time. Detection experiments are discouraged since we want you to get some actual data to play with. It is likely that some students will be paired up on observing projects. Project ideas will be discussed on the first day of the school with the first observation intended for that night.

Proposed Agenda


Lectures and Handouts


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