CCERA and the Physics department at Carleton University have begun a collaborative effort in support of their undergraduate astrophysics program.
In this program, 3rd-year astrophysics students will gain remote access to CCERA’s instrumentation and data-feeds in support of a lab-based radio astronomy segment in the 3rd-year astrophysics program.
The program is coordinated for Carleton University by Etienne Rollin and Penka Matanska, both instructors in the physics department at Carleton.
We’ve had a large early-season blizzard here for the last couple of days. Once it calmed down, Marcus Leech took the opportunity to check on the equipment on the roof to make sure that it was all still intact and working properly.
Gary Atkins moved one of two all-sky camera systems onto the roof late last week. These camera systems are designed for detecting meteors, and we’ll be joining a “network” of such meteor cams around the world.
We’ll have a live feed of the camera pointed to from the website soon–but there are a few housekeeping details that need to be taken care of first.
We may also put a regular webcam “up top” just to show images of the antennae up on the roof. It will be boring, most of the time 🙂
The pulsar antenna is now plugged into the pulsar receiver system, which consists of a pair of AirSpy SDR receivers, fed with a high-quality 10MHz OCXO timebase.
We’re running a pulsar-specific flow-graph, written by Marcus Leech, and using Gnu Radio underneath.
There are many unknowns–we don’t know if the ambient noise level is low enough without aggressive filtering, we don’t know if our antenna effective aperture is quite up to the task. This will be a useful test, but a negative result cannot be interpreted to mean “won’t work”.