Monday 27 January 2014: Welcome, History, Introduction to Radio Astronomy

08.00-09.00       Registration

09.00-09.05       Welcome (Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Director of NARIT)

09.05-09.30       House-keeping (Wayne Orchiston)

09.30-10.30       ?Introduction: What is Radio Astronomy? The Early Days of Radio Astronomy. Radio Telescopes Today? (Wayne Orchiston) Download

10.30-11.00       Morning Tea

11.00-12.00       ?Introductory Radio Astronomy Part 1: Radiation Fundamentals.  Atomic and Molecular Clouds: Single Dish Observations? (Youngung Lee) Download

12.00-13.30       Lunch

13.30-14.30       ?Introductory Radio Astronomy Part 2: Thermal Emission & Spectral Lines? (Young Chol Minh) Download

14.30-15.30       ?Introductory Radio Astronomy Part 3: Non-thermal Emission & Extragalactic Sources (Wiphu Rujopakarn) Download

15.30-16.00       Afternoon Tea

16.00-17.00       ?Introductory Radio Astronomy Part 4: ?Pulsars and Gravitational Waves? (Michael Kramer) Download


Tuesday 28 January 2014: Radio Astronomy Instrumentation

09.00-10.15       ?Instrumentation Part 1: The Nature of the Radio Signal. Antenna Fundamentals. Reflector Antennas? (Richard Dodson) Download

10.15-10.45       Morning Tea

10.45-12.00       ?Instrumentation Part 2: Filled Apertures, Radio Telescopes, Radiometers and Spectrometers? (Peter Thomasson) Download

12.00-13.30       Lunch

13.30-14.30       ?Instrumentation Part 3: Interferometers and Aperture Synthesis? (Richard Dodson) Download

14.30-15.00       ?Introducing KASI: The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute? (Young Chol Minh) Download

15.00-15.30       ?The Korean VLBI Network (KVN)? (Maria Rioja) Download

15.30-16.00       Afternoon Tea

16.00-16.30       ?The Square Kilometer Array? (Michael Kramer) Download

16.30-17.30       Assigned Problems


Wednesday 29 January 2014: Parallel Lab Sessions and Hands-on Tutorials

From Morning Tea till Afternoon Tea the students will be split into two groups, and each group will attend both data reduction Hands-on Tutorials

09.00-10.00       Overview of Data Reduction with CASA (Wiphu Rukopakarn) File1 File2 File3

10.00-10.30       Overview of Data Reduction with AIPS (Busaba Kramer) Download

10.30-11.00       Morning Tea

11.00-12.30       Group 1: ?MERLIN Spectral Line Data Reduction - A Case Study? (Kitiyanee Asanok) 

                          Group 2: ?The Analysis of Pulsar Data? (Phrudth Jaroenjittichai) Download

12.30-13.30       Lunch

13.30-15.00       Group 1: ?The Analysis of Pulsar Data? (Phrudth Jaroenjittichai)

                          Group 2: ?MERLIN Spectral Line Data Reduction ? A Case Study? (Kitiyanee Asanok) Download

15.00-15.10       Address (Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Director of NARIT)

15.10-15.40       Afternoon Tea

15.40-17.40       Assigned Problems


Thursday 30 January 2014: Radio Astronomy in Korea and Southeast Asia


09.00-10.00       ?Radio Astronomy in Korea: An Outline of Instrumentation and Opportunities for Research? (Richard Dodson, Youngung Lee, Young Chol Minh and Maria Rioja) Download

10.00-10.30       Morning Tea

10.30-11.00       Spectrum Management and Radio Astronomy in New Zealand (Peter Thomasson)

11:00-12.00       ?Radio Astronomy in Thailand: An Outline of Instrumentation and Research Projects? (Kitiyanee Asanok, Phrudth Jaroenjittichai, Wiphu Rukopakarn and Umnart Sathanon) File1 File2

12.00-13.30       Lunch

13:30-14:00       ?Radio Astronomy in Malaysia: Recent Developments? (Shayan Shams and Mohd Shaiful Rizal)

14:00-14.30       ?Radio Astronomy in Indonesia: Recent Developments? (Taufiq Hidayat)

14.30-15.00       ?Radio Astronomy in the Philippines: Future Prospects? (Rogel Sese)

15:00-15.30       Afternoon Tea

15.30-16.00       ?Radio Astronomy in Vietnam: Recent Developments? (Diep Ngoc Ph?m)

16.00-16.45       Group Discussion: Radio Astronomy in South East Asia and Korea: Future Prospects, Possible Research Projects, Potential Collaborations

16.45-17.00       Winter School Evaluation & Closing

17.00                FINISH


As the above program indicates, on the first two days there will be a succession of lectures on the basics of radio astronomy.  Students also will be supplied with 24 different assignment problems relating to each day?s lectures.  All students will be expected to work out solutions for all 24 assignment problems, but in addition we will group the students into pairs.  On the Monday each pair of students will be given one of the 24 assignment problems and they will prepare a presentation on this which they will give on the Wednesday.  On Tuesday between 16.30 and 17.30 there will be time for students to work on all 24 assignment problems and on their Wednesday assignment presentation, with assistance if necessary from the relevant lecturers.  


On the Wednesday all students collectively will participate in a Lab Session and Hands-on Tutorial, relating to specific research projects carried out by the associated lecturers.  In the final session, following afternoon tea, there will be student presentations relating to all 24 assignment problems.  Each pair of students will have up to 5 minutes (but no more) to give a presentation before the other students and the lecturers about how to solve their particular problem. 


Most of Thursday will be devoted to the current status and planned future development of radio astronomy in Korea and Southeast Asian countries, with information also about research and post-graduate training options available in these countries and elsewhere in the world (e.g. in Germany, France, and Australia, etc.).


We hope that this program will inspire some of the senior undergraduate and Masters students who attend this Winter School to pursue Ph.D.s in radio astronomy, thereby increasing the pool of young radio astronomers in Korea and Southeast Asia.