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1 Science Operations Phil Edwards Head of Science Operations CSIRO ATNF

2 Telescope Operations & Science Services Computer Infrastructure Scientific Computing & Archives Visitor services Receivers, LO & Conversion Digital & Servo Electronics Cryogenics Mechanical, Drives, & Electrical Science Operations Engineering Operations National Facility Operations ATNF Operations Structure CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

3 Telescope Operations and Science Services TAC met in July Eight TAC members supported by 16 TAC readers No password required to access Cover Sheets and Obs Tables of scheduled proposals by time of next Call for Proposals Schedules released in early September Release notes added for ATCA and Parkes Difficulties in filling the DA roster for Narrabri AT staff, co-supervised students, or experienced others welcome! TOSS support for Narrabri Open Day & CASS Radio School New version of AT User Guide Continued improvements to content and formatting New ATCA sensitivity calculator on-line Beta version of new ATCA calibrator database on-line CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

4 Scientific computing and archives New version of OPAL worked well Updates to CABB scheduler and caobs On-the-fly mosaicing tests with CABB carried out World Coordinate System being implemented in miriad MoniCA updated for new 20/13cm receivers New version of MoniCA being tested Parkes polarisation software being tested and refined New versions of showtel and winds at Parkes ASAP development now in cooperation with ALMA CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

5 Computer Infrastructure On-going work in upgrading servers and adding storage Horus and draco upgraded, athena decommissioned Scheduled replacement of Parkes windows desktops and laptops completed, work begun at Narrabri Pilot SOC point-to-point broadcast quality video link commissioned between Mopra desk and room 23 IP telephony installation at Marsfield (by IM&T) Currently no phones with direct outside access Moving and recabling of equipment in RFI-proof racks at Parkes last week Shaun appointed leader of ASKAP Networking IPT CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

6 Visitor Services Group Vicki and Sam sharing the Project Leader role Accommodation prices increased by 10% from September 1 Meal prices unchanged Visitors now ed after their stay and asked to complete and on-line questionnaire form VSG staff from all three sites had a get-together at Marsfield earlier this week New beds at Parkes Quarters New fridge and freezer at Narrabri Army of CASS Radio School participants well-fed CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

7 Around the Observatories Tidbinbilla A record 7 proposals for 2010OCT (following 0 for 2010APR) Parkes pulsar project requiring higher frequency observations transferred to Tid New LNAs and down-converters for the 22GHz system expected this month New spectrometer and dual-pol filter box now being tested ATNF Vacation Student to work on on-the-fly mapping with Jimi Green and Shinji Horiuchi LBA Correlator back-log (effectively) cleared LBA session from October 25th, with Hartebeesthoek & Tidbinbilla Shorter sessions during 2010OCT for observations of pulsar around periastron Discussions progressing with AUT about inclusion of Warwkworth in the LBA CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

8 LBA observing time (in hrs) by year and band cm cm cm cm cm total

9 Around the Observatories Mopra Paper on 12mm & 7mm characterisation published in PASA Further 3mm characterisation observations over next month Tests of “robotic mode” or “scripted” observing about to start Successful fast-mapping observations Change of default cycle time to sec likely to be adopted More tests of standing wave mitigation by sub-reflector cycling Some work on documentation remains Mopra all-sky webcam planned by 2011APR Parkes CPSR2 decommissioned Methanol multi-beam unlikely to be offered in future Two week shutdown underway to commission RF switching matrix Four week shutdown in March for MCP upgrade Increasing RFI seen over last year: observers asked to record onset, duration and characteristics as accurately as possible CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

10 Around the Observatories ATCA 20/13cm receive upgrade continuing All six antennas outfitted by mid-December 20cm observing in 2010OCTS held off till mid-Dec as much as possible Galactic coordinate mosaicing implemented in caobs and awaiting testing: allowing galactic coordinates to be used in the CABB scheduler to follow Attempts to remedy instances of erratic azimuth tracking on some antennas continuing… CABB progress to be described in separate report All six Water Vapour Radiometers now accepted and installed, awaiting in situ calibration CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

11 WVRs Water Vapour Radiometer project funded by LIEF grant administered by UNSW, with contributions from UNSW Sydney James Cook Swinburne ATNF CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

12 Some first WVR data… CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

13 Scheduling policy Observers are expected to check the archives to determine whether observations of their proposed source(s) exist, and, if so, to justify why additional observations are required. The OPAL source list tool can be used with ATOA to determine which sources have been previously observed with the ATCA Similar observations of a source may be scheduled for more than one team Examples include Sgr A* with the ATCA, PSR J with Parkes Proposals do not include sufficient detail to cross-check proposed observations against existing observations Proposals for >30 sources do not need to list all sources Proposals only allocated a fraction of their requested time often elect to observe only a fraction of their original source list CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

14 Scheduling policy ATOA has not until recently allowed positional searches of ATCA mosaic observations Large projects for all telescopes are being encouraged to establish and maintain informative web pages so that prospective users can determine whether their proposed source(s) have already been covered by large survey programs Determining what constitutes a “sufficiently different” observation is not always clear-cut CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations

15 Thank you CSIRO. ATUC report May 2010: ATNF Science Operations CSIRO/ATNF Philip Edwards CSIRO ATNF Head of Science Operations Web: Contact Us Phone: or Web:


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