In the first step, we derive the appropriate complex gains [math]g_i[/math] and [math]\theta_i[/math] for the flux density calibrator 3C 286. [/math]. You will have to avoid it through channel ranges and/or edit it out. Try clicking on any configuration in the list to see how the antenna locations change. To see how to calculate corrections manually, go to the VLA Baseline Corrections site. The general data reduction strategy is to derive a series of scaling factors or corrections from the calibrators, which are then collectively applied to the science data. This value is determined from an analytical formula for the spectrum of the source as a function of frequency; this value must be determined so that the flux density in the image can be scaled to it, as it is unlikely that the observation was taken at exactly the same frequency as the model image. Each of the 7 3C391 fields is given its own field number/name identification, so each is shown as its own color. While amplitude variations with time will have little effect on the bandpass solutions, it is important to solve for phase variations with time to prevent de-correlation when vector averaging the data for computing the final bandpass solution. Note that while 'uvdist' and 'uvwave' are in essence the same, they differ in units and by respect values. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will focus on the continuum (Stokes I) calibration and imaging. gaincal step will report a number of solutions with insufficient SNR. Note how the scale changes with each configuration. The variations of the first two natural frequencies with respect to the antenna elevation position are shown in Fig. From this we will make an I-only multiscale image (3c391_ctm_spw0_I.image) -- and in particular the model (3c391_ctm_spw0_I.model) -- to generate a series of gain corrections that will be stored in 3C391_ctm_mosaic_spw0.selfcal1. This tutorial is made up of such calls, which were developed by looking at the inputs for each task and deciding what needed to be changed from default values. For the remaining antennas, you see that 1, 6, and 13 (ea02, ea08, and ea16) are missing some blocks toward the beginning and also toward the end of the run. The other two statistics require slightly more care. For example, for a particular instance of At this stage in the calibration, we have not yet solved for the flux density scaling. These are also captured in the return variable from the task. Most tasks in are designed to work for a generalized interferometer or single-dish. The dictionary contains the values which you can extract for further use. Engineers. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will make a mosaic clean image in Stokes I. Therefore, we use impbcor to divide the .image by the .pb image to produce a primary beam corrected restored image: You can open this in the viewer and see that it has indeed raised the noise (and signal) at the edges of the mosaic. Figure 2 shows the result of running plotms with the field selection discussed above. The relevant function calls are given below. because of the very sparse (v, v) coverage in VLBI, we considered long (N12 hour) tracks through the Fourier plane (Foster, 1996). Here the various sources are introduced briefly, with more detail contained in the sections below in which they are used. Now that we have derived all the calibration solutions, we need to apply them to the actual data, using the task applycal. The data were taken in early science shared-risk observing mode, with 128 MHz of bandwidth in each of two widely spaced spectral windows, centered at 4.6 and 7.5 GHz. Wildly different flux densities or flux densities with very high error bars should be treated with suspicion; in such cases you will have to figure out whether something has gone wrong. The VLA can vary its resolution over a range exceeding a factor of ∼ 50 through movement of its component antennas. The setting applymode='calflagstrict' will be even more stringent about flagging things without valid calibration, while applymode='calonly' will calibrate those with solutions while passing through data without unchanged. It is always a good idea to examine the data before jumping straight into calibration. If that is the case, then the flux density of the source is also reported by imstat. The three most basic analyses are to determine the peak brightness, the flux density, and the image noise level. Also, using the wrench panel to change Display Options will be helpful here. (dataset size: 3.1GB). (The Fourier transform of a point source, i.e. The procedure is to assume that the flux density of a primary calibrator source is known and, by comparison with the observed data for that calibrator, determine the [math]g_i[/math] values (the antenna gains). The number of iterations is determined by a combination of the data quality and number of antennas in the array, the structure of the source, the extent to which the original self-calibration assumptions are valid, and the user's patience. It is considered to be one of the most advanced radio telescope arrays on Earth with 28 antennas in Socorro, New Mexico. Example output would be. has 27 active antenna dishes. The VLA is the most advanced radio telescope array on Earth, a customizable interferometer that spans up to 22 miles across. bandwidth of the VLA. Founded in 1956, the NRAO provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the international scientific community. The following call to gaincal is similar to the one above, but selects only the bandpass calibrator (using the field parameter). Pseudo-interactively via task function calls. the previous clean, we found: and so the peak flux density is 0.157 Jy/beam. As another example of using plotms for a quick look at your data, select the Data tab and specify field 0 (source J1331+3030, a.k.a. Later, when you are more comfortable, you might try to extract the script, modify it for your purposes, and begin to reduce other data. Task plotms allows one to select and view the data in many ways. We have provided two options here, described below. You can also find the flux density values in the CASA logger: Again, the VLA calibrator manual may be used to check whether the derived flux densities look sensible. We are providing this starting data set, rather than the true initial data set for at least two reasons. Additional discussion of image analysis and manipulation, including the combination of multiple images, mathematical operations on images, and much more can be found in the Image Analysis section of the CASA documentation. The [math]u[/math] and [math]v[/math] coordinates are the baselines measured in units of the observing wavelength, while the [math]l[/math] and [math]m[/math] coordinates are the direction cosines on the sky. A modified neural networks approach (Keto, 1992) does To do that, right-click on the closed polygonal icon. Can you make a difference image (between the original and selfcal1 images) using. Antenna Mechanics. The mosaic was set up with 7 fields, 1 centered on the remnant with 6 flanking fields; the spacing of the fields was chosen based on the size of the antenna primary beam. This term is used where the CW and CCW wraps overlap between 275° and 85° real AZ, passing through 0° / 360° (north) (CW: 275° to 445° (85° real AZ) / CCW: −85° (275° real AZ) to 85°). Of course, this is not strictly true, since the gains on J1822-0938 were derived at a different time and in a different position on the sky from the target. More specifically, the observed visibility data on the [math]i[/math]-[math]j[/math] baseline can be modeled as, [math] Alternatively, you can trace out a more custom shape to better enclose the irregular outline of the supernova remnant. 3C 286). First, we apply the calibration to each individual calibrator, using the gain solutions derived on that calibrator alone to compute the CORRECTED_DATA. If you want to adjust the vertices you can do so. However, assuming that the calibrator was sufficiently close to the target, and the weather was sufficiently well-behaved, then this is a reasonable approximation and should get us a sufficiently good calibration that we can later use self-calibration to correct for the small inaccuracies thus introduced. If you wish to start from the very beginning, you may download the dataset from the NRAO Archive: TDEM0001_sb1218006_1.55310.33439732639. We will run this task here on the newly calibrated and split-out data set before moving on to imaging. In the logger you can see the corrections reported: This particular set of observations was taken 24 April 2010, so the corrections shown above are for antennas that were moved BEFORE that date, but whose updated positions were not placed into the online database until later. First, many of these initial processing steps can be rather time consuming (> 1 hr). For this analysis, it is better to use the version of the viewer that is run from the OS command line rather than the CASA command line. This approach will do a better job of modeling the image than the classic clean delta function. Observing time on NRAO telescopes is available on a competitive basis to qualified scientists after evaluation of research proposals on the basis of scientific merit, the capability of the instruments to do the work, and the availability of the telescope during the requested time. In the case of a mosaic, such as here, one should also verify that the solutions are of equal quality for all of the fields. The important observation is that the amplitude distribution is relatively constant as a function of UV distance or baseline length (i.e., [math]\sqrt{u^2+v^2}[/math] ). Residual phase excursions are on the order of a few degrees. Recall that the observed visibility [math]V^{\prime}[/math] between two antennas [math](i,j)[/math] is related to the true visibility [math]V[/math] by: [math] In order for the amplitude of 3C 286 in the data to match the amplitude of its model (which we set above with setjy), little scaling of the solution is required (value = 1.0). Consequently, it has become standard practice to flag the initial samples from the start of each scan. The first command below shows the amplitude solutions (one per polarization) and the second command below shows the phase solutions (one per each polarization). Double-click inside this region and the green outline will turn white. The initial display in the logger will include. I(l,m) = \int V(u,v) e^{[2\pi i(ul + vm)]} dudv Observations are sometimes made before some antenna positions are known exactly, as they can be corrected if the positions are known later. However, for some kinds of polarization calibration or in extreme situations (e.g., there are problems with the scan on the flux density calibrator), it can be useful (or necessary) to set the flux density of the source explicitly. It is important to have an idea of what values to use for the image pixel (cell) size and the overall size of the image. Will it be possible to remember one month later (or maybe even one week later!) Is this better than the original multiscale image? If you have made a mistake with your clean box, click on the Erase button, trace out a rectangle around your erroneous region, and double-click inside that rectangle. For more information on imaging, see the Synthesis Imaging section of the CASA documentation. We will be using the C-band VLA standard model for 3C286 which is aptly named '': In this case, a model image of a primary flux density calibrator exists. There is a small amount of discussion in the old CASA Reference Manual on We use the CASA task gaincal to solve for phase versus time for the central channels on our three calibrators: To really see what is going on, we use plotms to inspect the solutions from gaincal for a single antenna at a time, iterating through each antenna in sequence by clicking on the Next button (rightward pointing single green arrow) on the GUI to advance the displayed antenna. You probably want to set this to a high number for this mosaic due to the complicated structure, values from 1000 to 5000 later on seem to work. V'_{ij} = G_i G^*_j V_{ij} While the secondary calibrator was chosen to be a point source (at least, over some limited range of uv-distance; see the VLA calibrator manual for any u-v restrictions on your calibrator of choice at the observing frequency), its absolute flux density is unknown. (x-axis is Channel, y-axis is Amp (data column), field=0, antenna=ea01, correlation=RR, channel range is -10--70, amp range is 0--0.25, colorized by antenna2). The Basics. You may notice that there are antenna-to-antenna variations (under the Display tab select Colorize by Antenna1). Upper right: The VLA antenna positions in units of meters to the central VLA reference point.Lower left: The uv-coverage of the simulations (note that they do not account for the bandwidth). This task returns a Python dictionary which we capture in the variable mystat. In principle, one could determine the complex antenna gains for all sources with a single invocation of gaincal; for clarity here, two separate invocations will be used. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation The [math]w[/math] coordinate cannot be neglected at lower frequencies and larger configurations (e.g., 0.33 GHz, A-configuration observations). The weak thermal emission from the largest minor planets can be detected and measured at all points around their orbits at microwave frequencies using the Very Large Array (VLA). From the observer's log, we know that antenna ea13 does not have a C-band receiver and antenna ea15 had some corrupted data, so they should be flagged as well. As you clean you will see faint sources all over the field; welcome to L-band imaging. You should be able to process this data in a very similar manner to the C-band data on 3C391. functions of the differential antenna positions and the TEC gradient is a function of the actual antenna positions pro-jected through the ionosphere. Positions were obtained in the ICRF directly through phase referencing of the stars to nearby ICRF quasars whose positions are accurate at the 0.25 mas level. Likewise, one should avoid the clean bowl around the source emission. Using plotms to look at the newly-calibrated, target-only data set: You should obtain a plot similar to Figure 21 with the calibrated visibility amplitude as a function of [math]u[/math]-[math]v[/math] distance. tclean will keep going until it reaches threshold or runs out of cycles (the cycles field to the right of the iterations). The baseline length at which the visibility function falls to some fiducial value (e.g., 1/2 of its peak value) gives a rough estimate of the angular scale of the source. When looking down at the VLA from above, the antennas on a CCW wrap would appear to be tracking in azimuth in a CCW direction from 180° real AZ. You can then zoom and pan to explore the array. It is now time to begin calibrating the data. The positions of EOVSA antennas are determined using observations by the 27-m (Ant 14) low-frequency receiver (S and C band) of celestial radio sources during several observation runs in fall 2016. However, this means that the image does not take into account the primary beam fall-off in the edges and interstices of the mosaic. There is no observation of a flux calibrator like J1331+3030. V.4 Improving antenna surfaces: holography. The next step is to derive corrections for the complex antenna gains, [math]g_i[/math] and [math]\theta_i[/math]. You can process this as you did the first time, but beware of RFI in this band. This shows, assuming that ea01 is in the entire observation, when various antennas drop out. Note that in the inputs below, the amplitudes are being displayed as a function of frequency channel. If satisfied with the inputs, run this task. Positions were obtained in the ICRF directly through phase referencing of the stars to nearby ICRF quasars whose positions are accurate at the 0.25 mas level. Suppose one conducts 9 iterations of self-calibration. The listobs output will show up in the CASA logger window: Notice in this listobs, the first scans are the fields that will be used for calibration before scanning the target fields we want to observe. Electricians. How big were the phase changes made by the calibration? This will include the flux density value within the region selected. In the example above, the descriptor, A common metric for self-calibration is whether the image. Do not be afraid to dump an image, or even a set of gain corrections, These include: After the imaging and deconvolution process has finished, you can use the viewer to look at your image. Double click inside of that region (using the same mouse button used to make the region), and the statistics will be reported. From these figures, we see that the natural frequencies depend on the antenna elevation position: the second frequency changes significantly with the elevation angle. The Very Large Array is a renowned set of radio dishes in Sorocco, New Mexico, which work together as one massive antenna to scan the skies and help us learn more about the universe. a delta function, is a constant function. Use caltype='antposvla' to force this coordiate system when processing old VLA data. This means that ea21 is, indeed, a good choice for reference antenna. The maximum baseline is about 16,000 wavelengths, i.e., a smallest angular scale of 12 arcseconds ([math]\lambda/D=1/16000[/math]). The transporters run on two parallel sets of U.S. gauge railroad tracks -- four rails in total. Photo Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF 1. The next brightest is the first source observed (J1331+3030, a.k.a. We explore a few possible algorithms for finding four to six antenna positions for the VLA Upgrade's A + configuration, which will bridge the gap between the VLA's A configuration and the inner VLBA antennas. You can verify this by looking at the online database for the first part of 2010: The next step is to provide a flux density value for the amplitude calibrator J1331+3030 (a.k.a. If you are using a later version of CASA and this is the most recent available guide, then you should be able to use most, if not all, of this tutorial. where [math]G_i[/math] is the complex gain for the [math]i^{\mathrm{th}}[/math] antenna and [math]V_{ij}[/math] is the true visibility. 3C 391. Antenna ea10 was not in the array, but, for the other two antennas, any improved baseline positions need to be incorporated. A relatively constant visibility amplitude as a function of baseline length means that the source is very nearly a point source. For the resolution element of 12 arcseconds, a cell size of 2.5 arcseconds will give just under 5 pixels per beam. The variations with frequency are a reflection of the (slightly) different antenna bandpasses. NRAO monitors the positions of the VLA antennas on a regular basis -- roughly monthly, and more often during reconfigurations. For the pre-upgrade VLA, the ultimate flux density scale at most frequencies was set long ago by observations of 3C 295. Then trace out a shape by right-clicking where you want the corners of that shape. operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc. change something and try again. We were able to calibrate this data without flagging channels (only getting the bad baseline noted above). Given the VLA is composed of 27 individual antennas, it is necessary to know their exact positions in order to correctly correlate (match and combine) each signal. Antennas that have been flagged will show a blank plot, as there are no solutions for these antennas. The raw values were corrected for the primary beam response of the VLA antennas and for bandwidth smearing (chromatic aberration). Please contact the NRAO Helpdesk. We can plot these solutions (in nanoseconds) as a function of antenna: These are within about 4 nanoseconds, as expected for the early science observations with the newly upgraded VLA. The result should be similar to Figure 3A. In order to determine the appropriate complex gains for the target source, and to minimize differences through the atmosphere (neutral and/or ionized) between the lines of sight to the phase calibrator and the target source, you want to observe a so-called phase calibrator that is much closer to the target. combine the two calibrated MSs in tclean to make a deeper MFS image (this might be tricky). Finally, it is common for the array to require a small amount of time to settle down at the start of a scan. Open viewer and use it to display the corrected image (Figure 26). One can solve for an initial set of antenna-based gains, which will later be discarded, in order to moderate the effects of variations from integration to integration and from scan to scan on the bandpass calibrator. In this case, all of the desired inputs to a task are provided at once on the CASA command line. With the choice of gridder='mosaic' (our main mosaicking algorithm), we will image an area somewhat larger than the size of the supernova remnant in order to have a bit of padding around the outside. At this stage in the data reduction process, the general data editing and examination strategy is to focus on the calibrators. There are four basic antenna arrangements, called configurations, whose scales vary by the ratios 1 : 3.28 : 10.8 : 35.5 from smallest to largest. "2@FD" for the Fort Davis, Texas, antenna. If the data set has more than one spectral window, depending upon where they are spaced and the spectrum of the source, it is possible to find quite different flux densities and spectral indexes for the secondary calibrators. Once again, one can use plotms to display the bandpass solutions. The VLA can be reconfigured by moving any of its 27 antennas to new positions along 40 miles of double-railed track. To plot baseline length in wavelengths rather than meters, select UVwave as the X-axis parameter.). You can quickly see that the last source observed (J0319+4130, a polarization calibrator, shown in purple) is the brightest source in this observation. So rather than flagging channels with RFI, you might try going ahead with calibration and seeing if the solutions make sense. You want to be sure to capture as much of the source total flux density as possible, but not include low-level questionable features or sub-structure (ripples) that might be due to calibration or clean artifacts. This document describes the procedure followed and the final? We chose the Hot Metal 1 colormap and set the Scaling Power Cycles to -1 to better emphasize the faint emission and compare to the noise (Figure 25). Antennas other than ea05 look OK. We will not be able to transfer calibration for antenna ea05 so we flag it from the data: For the following bandpass solution we need only solve for our bandpass calibrator, and we will do so now after flagging. It will be useful later on to have the flat-noise and pb-corrected images available separately along with the statistics. The free electron content of the ionosphere varies with time of day, season, geographic latitude and Solar activity. [math] Most likely, the antenna positions were re-measured after 24 April. This is discussed in more detail by Helmboldt et al. The reason for this is illustrated in Fig. Recall that the visibility data and the sky brightness distribution (a.k.a. Self-calibration criteria Up: Calibration Details Previous: VLA flux density calibration. Appendix V VLA Maintenance Tasks in . In the D configuration, the fringe rate is relatively slow and time-average smearing is less of a concern. The default x- and y-axis parameters are 'time' and 'amp', so the above call to plotms produces an amplitude vs time plot of the data for a selected subset of the data (if desired) and with data averaging (if desired). After about 14000 iterations (Figure 24) the residuals were looking good (similar noise level inside and outside of the clean region). As mentioned above, restarting tclean with different multiscale=[...] choices can help also. Both to get a sense of the array, as well as identify an antenna for later use in calibration, use the task plotants (see Figure 1). Prior to imaging, it is a good idea to run the statwt task to correct the data weights (weight and sigma columns) in the measurement set. By how much? NRAO also provides both formal and informal programs in education and public outreach for teachers, students, the general public, and the media. In general, if the noise is well-behaved in the image, when averaged over a reasonable solid angle, the noise contribution should approach 0 Jy. In “holography” data from the EVLA, reference antennas are pointed towards the nominal source position, as normal.All other antennas are pointed to an offset position controlled by the observer. Now that the calibration has been applied to the target data we can split off the science targets, creating a new, calibrated measurement set containing all the target fields. numbers given in listobs. To do this, we plot the complex polarization ratio by selecting correlation=' / ' : As can be seen in Figure 10, there is a bit of drift (a few degrees here and there), but no phase jumps. Also, setjy will clear any previous calibration model that fits the selection. Astronomer Rick Perley gives us a tour out on the elevation gear of VLA telescope #24. A new window on the radio universe: As mentioned in the observing log above, antennas ea10, ea12, and ea22 do not have good baseline positions. South. In the default view, the Plot tab is visible, and there are a number of tabs running down the side of the left hand panel, including Data, Calibration, Axes, Page, Transform, Display, and Canvas. This involves observing a number of calibrators spread around the sky, solving for the antenna-based gains, and from their behavior deriving the three-dimensional positions of those antennas (see e.g. Once the download is complete, unzip and unpack the file (within a working directory, where you will later run CASA): There are a number of possible ways to run CASA, described in more detail in Getting Started in CASA. [2012]. Both datasets -- 3C391 spw 1 (at 7.5 GHz) and Supernova Remnant G93.3+6.9 at L-band -- are contained in this tarball. Drafting. Here, for generality, we show the visibility as a function of frequency [math]f[/math] and spatial wave numbers [math]u[/math] and [math]v[/math]. Simply fill in the known observing date (in our case 2010-Apr-24) as both the Start and Stop date, and click on the Show Logs button. At each epoch, nine of the 10 VLBA antennas were operating at 15 GHz. The index '1' above refers to the field number. The parameters are similar as before. Observations are sometimes made before some antenna positions are known exactly, as they can be corrected if the positions are known later. The initial Science Data Model (SDM) file was converted into a measurement set. We should now have fully-calibrated visibilities in the CORRECTED_DATA column of the measurement set, and it is worthwhile pausing to inspect them to ensure that the calibration did what we expected it to. Having now done some basic editing of the data, based in part on a priori information, it is time to look at the data to determine if there are any other obvious problems. Figure 23 shows the interactive viewer panel later in the process, after cleaning 500 iterations. For the purposes of this tutorial we have created a starting data set, upon which several initial processing steps have already been conducted. A series of task function calls can be combined together into a script, and run from within CASA via. The K gain type in gaincal solves for the relative delays of each antenna relative to the reference antenna (parameter refant), so be sure you pick one that is there for this entire scan and good. VLA polarization calibration Instrumental. Ideally, the visibility data would be constant as a function of frequency as well. To create a clean box (a region within which components may be found), hold down the right mouse button and trace out a rectangle around the source, then double-click inside that rectangle to set it as a box. The 3C 286 data look relatively clean in that there are no wildly egregious data (e.g., amplitudes that are 100,000x larger than the rest of the data). Now form the bandpass, using the phase solutions just derived. Bookkeeping is important! Weighing 90 tons themselves, the transporters are powered by 380- and 400-horsepower (respectively) diesel engines that in turn power a hydraulic system. The wheels are mounted on assemblies at each corner of the vehicle that can rotate to allow "turning" the 90-degree rail intersections that connect each antenna mounting station with the main rail line for each arm of the VLA's "Y" layout.. Plotting the corrected amplitude against UV distance or against time is a good way to find such issues. 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