-- KartikSheth - 2010-09-19

Lessons Learned At the Victoria Tutorial



- Install and verified that the OT works on own laptop.

- Install and verify that CASA works on own laptop.


- Learn the process of applying for ALMA Early Science and user tools available to the users.

- Learn about the available information and help (helpdesk) provided by the NAASC/NRC.

- Learn how to use OT-Phase I and submit a proposal

- Learn how to use SIMDATA to simulate an early science observation

NOTE: At this workshop we will not focus heavily on using CASA except as it pertains to using SIMDATA. Future workshops will be specifically targeted towards reducing data using CASA.

Time Title of Session Content Presenter
0900-0945 ALMA Overview Welcome, give users an overview of all the tools and steps they need to follow and an overview of the considerations for an interferometric ALMA observation as per the primer (Hibbard, Sheth, Johnstone or Gerald). In particular we should make sure and mention the following important user tools: Website(s), Primer, Mousepad, HelpDesk, OT, CASA / SIMDATA, Splatalogue. Gerald
0945-1015 OT Demo/Splatalogue On-screen walk through of a simple example from the Science Primer case for the users. Users will already have downloaded the OT and the science primer examples will be available as aot files for the user to walk through. (Sheth) - Take users through all the basic steps of using the OT
- Set PI, CO-Is
- Abstract, putting in sci-just, tech just
- Target list / source entry
- Setting up correlator, choosing a line, setting the LO etc. (this will be important for us to simulate and practice ahead of time)

This will be lightning fast for some users so only some may be able to really grasp everything but that is ok. After this we give them the chance to do this for their own proposal ideas. We need to tell them to come prepared for simulating how they might propose for ALMA time BEFORE they come to the tutorial. Preferably having thought through the science and technical cases after reading the primer.
James & Tony
1015-1030 Hands-on OT time Start playing with the OT on your own (NAASC Staff walks around to help).  
1030-1100 Coffee    
1100-1200 Hands on OT time More hands on OT - NAASC staff walk around and help individual users with their own proposal set ups (NAASC Staff walks around to help).  
1200-1315 LUNCH LUNCH  
1315-1345 What is CASA? Overview of CASA - what is CASA, organization, syntax / python, finding help. What CASA will allow them to do. Give them the basic functionality associated with CASA that there is a lot of power in CASA and they will have to read through the CASAGUIDES in more detail as they work through examples. Segue into the SIMDATA talk. Rachel
1345-1430 Coffee Break    
1430-1500 SIMData Demo SIMData overview. How it works. Show them a couple of basic examples - i.e. take a fits file, make sure headers are reasonable for CASA to read them, put in a configuration and simulate Scott
1500-1700 SIMData hands-on Users use their own favorite object and try and simulate it. They may fail in some cases in which case we should use canned examples of what they can do.  
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date WhoSorted ascending Comment
CASA_TutorialJan2011.pdfpdf CASA_TutorialJan2011.pdf manage 4 MB 2011-01-23 - 19:33 KartikSheth Rachel's talk
Resources_TutorialJan2011.pdfpdf Resources_TutorialJan2011.pdf manage 3 MB 2011-01-23 - 19:17 KartikSheth Gerald's PDF
Simdata_TutorialJan2011.pdfpdf Simdata_TutorialJan2011.pdf manage 3 MB 2011-01-23 - 19:26 KartikSheth Scott's Talk
Topic revision: r10 - 2011-01-23, KartikSheth
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