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)
Peter Teuben (UMD) [remote]
Swarnima Manohar (CIT), email@example.com
Thiago Goncalves (CIT), firstname.lastname@example.org
Mislav Balokovic (University of Split/CIT), email@example.com
David Fisher (UMD),firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodrigo Herrera Camus (UMD), email@example.com
Katie Jameson (UMD), firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Westbrook (UCB), email@example.com
Zubair Abdulla (Chicago), firstname.lastname@example.org
Felippe Navarrete (Max Planck), email@example.com
Rie Miura (U Tokyo), firstname.lastname@example.org
Adele Plunkett (Yale), email@example.com
Jason Speights (NM Inst of Mining and Tech), firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Weinzirl (U of Texas), email@example.com
Manuel Merello (U of Texas), firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas FOK Kai Tung (U of Hong Kong), email@example.com
Marc Royster (Northwestern), firstname.lastname@example.org
Zubair Abdulla (Chicago), email@example.com
Local Organizing Committee
Mary Daniel (OVRO)
Cecil Patrick (OVRO)
Terry Sepsey (OVRO)
Frequently Asked Questions
An FAQ written by Mary Daniel is here.
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, camera, and good walking shoes.
Our traditional post-summerschool hike is to Second Lake, in the Sierras above Big Pine. We start from the Glacier Lodge trailhead at about 9 am, reach the lake about Noon, and get back to the cars by about 3:30 pm - making it possible to return to Pasadena, Berkeley, or Las Vegas late that night. The hike is about 10 miles round trip with 2500 feet of elevation gain. Last year some of us pushed on farther, to Sam Mack Meadow, but were turned back by a thundershower. Some photos from last year's hike are here.
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. Also please let us know any dietary restrictions since CARMA is providing most of your meals
|Driving?||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.||I only eat cookies|
|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.||vegetarian (dairy, eggs okay)|
|Swarnima Manohar||F||Pasadena||July 11||July 17||N||N||...||Ride to CARMA from anywhere around LA/Pasadena.||Vegetarian mostly. Chicken is ok too.|
|Thiago S. Gonçalves||M||Pasadena||July 11, driving||July 17||Y||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||July 17 / need shared ride back to SF||N||Y||sleeping bag||I can't drive. Looking for a shared ride from LAX.||no preference|
|Jason Speights||M||LAS||July 11 / Southwest # 1687 / 12:40 pm||July 17 / Southwest # 1009 / 5:30 pm||Y||N||...||I'll have room for 2 passengers.||None|
|Rie Miura||F||LAX||July 11 / SQ12 / 1255||July 18 / SQ11 / 1445||N||N||...||Sharing ride with Thiago Gonçalves.||No preference|
|Marc Pound||M||Las Vegas||July 11 / Southwest #1188/ 1250||July 19 / Southwest #3309 / 0835||Y||Y||Y/Y||Returning to Vegas 7/18; Taking Adele and Zubair.||Vegetarian (dairy, eggs ok)|
|Adele Plunkett||F||Las Vegas||July 11 / LAS Delta 1529 / 1:09 pm||July 17 / LAS Delta 2050 / 5:00 pm||N||Y||N/Y||Looking to share a ride to/from Las Vegas||Vegetarian (dairy, eggs ok)|
|Katie Jameson||F||BUR||July 10 / AA1877 / 2:30pm||July 18||Y||Y||Y/Y||Will be driving up July 11 from Pasadena and returning to Burbank at 11AM on July 18. Should have room for 1-2 people.||cow's milk allergy (not severe)|
|Mislav Balokovic||M||Pasadena||July 11||July 17||N||Y||sleeping bag||Coming and leaving with Thiago Gonçalves.||vegetarian|
|Tim Weinzirl||M||SFO||July 11 / AA 1077 / 9:20am||July 17 / AA 2578 / 4:45pm||Y||N||Driving from San Fransisco International. Room for 1 more passenger.||No preference|
|Melvyn Wright||M||Berkeley||July 11 / none / ~10am||July 17 / none / late pm||Y||Y||Would like ride to CARMA. Return with Dick on 17 July||No preference|
|Manuel Merello||M||SFO||July 11 / AA 1077 / 9:20am||July 17 / AA 2578 / 4:45pm||Y||N||Driving from San Fransisco International.||No preference|
|Rodrigo Herrera||M||BUR||July 10 / AA1877 / 2:30pm||July 18 / AA1045 / 1:10pm||N||Y||N/Y||Sharing ride with K. Jameson||No preferences|
|Dick Plambeck||M||Berkeley||July 7 / 7 am||July 17 / late||Y||Y||Y/Y||Driving my car on the 7th for NSF visit, then staying through the summerschool; return Sat evening, after the group hike||No preferences|
|Felipe Navarrete||M||LAX||July 10||July 18||N||Y||sleeping bag||Sharing ride with Katie Jameson||No preferences|
|Doug Friedel||M||LAS||July 7 / Delta 2223 / 9am||July 15 / Delta 2344 / 1am||Y||N||No preferences|
|Marc Royster||M||July 10||July 18||N||Y||Y/Y||Carpooling with Katie Jameson||No preferences|
|Ben Westbrook||M||NA||July 11||July 17||N||Y||Y (1 person tent)/Y||Riding with Manuel Morrello, Tim Weinzirl, and David Fisher from SFO airport||None|
|John Carpenter||M||NA||July 7||July 17||Y||N||None|
|Zubair Abdulla||M||LAS||July 11 / Southwest 505 / 1105 AM||July 18 / Southwest 1056 / 730 PM||N||Y||N/Y||Looking for a ride from and back to Las Vegas||No pork|
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Electricity will be supplied at 120V, 60 Hz, using outlets accepting "American-style" parallel flat-pronged plugs.
Network Info, Logging in, Directories etc.
CARMA has two networks, public and private:
- public - accessible to outside world (mmarray.org == ovro.caltech.edu), located primarily in the valley at OVRO
- private – not accessible outside OVRO (carma.pvt), located entirely at Cedar Flat
- 54 Mbps microwave link between Cedar Flat and OVRO
The wireless ESSID at Cedar Flat is GUEST
The main account for observers is obs
- To log in to Cedar Flat computers from outside you must first log in to the firewall:
ssh -X email@example.com
Then hs will log you into the high site.
We have an AIM chatroom used by observers and staff: carma
Printing from the GUEST network: there are two printers clrcarma.mmarray.org and bwcarma.mmarray.org. The first is a color printer, the second is black and whitel
Scratch Space and Example Data
Summer School space is /opt/summerschoolscratch. You may create your own subdirectory for reducing data or whatever.
The NGC593 data which we will reduce together have been copied to
These data are about 1.7 GB. If you are working on your laptop, you can copy these data with
scp -rp firstname.lastname@example.org:/opt/summerschoolscratch/cs053.NGC595.1.mir /home/you/
The obs password is written on the board. NOTE: This examples copies to your home directory. Change /home/you to wherever you want.
Alternatively, you can download these data as a gzipped tar file directly from the CARMA Archive: cs053.NGC595.1.miriad.tar.gz
As in previous years, the class with author a CARMA Memo with the results of your observations. I have created a master LaTeX file in /opt/summerscratch/memo/school2010_master.tex. You should include your writeup in this file using the latex \include command. There are more detailed instructions on the file itself. The easiest thing is to put all your text and figures in a subdirectory, e.g./opt/summerschoolscratch/memo/yourname. Please use the latex \ref and \label commands to indicate figures and tables so Marc doesn't have to go through and renumber all the figures and tables!
I have put an example you may follow in /opt/summerschoolscratch/memo/mpound. Once you have added your text and figures, you should do
and fix any errors. There is no page limit, include as much text and figures as you wish.
Example memos from previous years :
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.
Lectures and Handouts and Useful Links
Introduction to CARMA Computing (Marc Pound)
Basic Observing Demonstration (Nikolaus Volgenau)
Introduction to MIRIAD - PDF (Doug Friedel)
Introduction to MIRIAD - PowerPoint (Doug Friedel)
Observer Responsibilities (Nikolaus Volgenau)
Creating observing scripts (John Carpenter)
Reducing CARMA data (John Carpenter)
Script to reduce CARMA uv data (John Carpenter)
Script to produce CARMA images (John Carpenter)
Hardware Lecture #1: Receivers (5.9 MB) (Dick Plambeck)
CARMA Hardware Lecture #2: The Correlator (9.5 MB) (Dave Hawkins)
Hardware Lecture #3: Phaselocks (2.8 MB) (Dick Plambeck)
The (Near) Future: Technical Developments at CARMA (Nikolaus Volgenau)
Correlator Signal Processing (Dave Hawkins)
Draft Observing Schedule for the week Note: this is a plain text file so your browser will do a lousy job of displaying it. So you should download it and view it with cat or more or an editor.
In order to help us improve the CARMA Summer School experience, we ask that you please fill out this Exit Survey at the end of the week. Thanks!
Photos: Picasa Web Album
We've created a Picasa Web Album and encourage you can share your photos from the school!
There are two ways to upload images to this album:
1) Log in as email@example.com (password summerschool2010) and upload.
2) Upload by email. If you send email to
with the Subject line as "2010" your photos will be put into the 2010 album. (up to 20MB of attachments allowed).
Alternatively you can put a caption in the Subject line and the photo will be put in the DropBox album and can be moved later to the 2010 album.