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This tutorial picks up where [[ EVLA high frequency spectral line tutorial - IRC+10216 - calibration]] leaves off.  
 
This tutorial picks up where [[ EVLA high frequency spectral line tutorial - IRC+10216 - calibration]] leaves off.  
  
== UV Continuum Subtraction and Setting Up for Self-Calibration==
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==Imaging==
  
 
[[Image:irc10216_uvspec.png|thumb|UV-plot of the spectral line signal in both spw for IRC+10216.]]
 
[[Image:irc10216_uvspec.png|thumb|UV-plot of the spectral line signal in both spw for IRC+10216.]]
Now we can make a vector averaged uv-plot of the calibrated target spectral line data. It is important to note that you will only see signal in such a plot if (1) the data are well calibrated, and (2) there is significant signal near the phase center of the observations, or if the line emission (or absorption) is weak but extended. If this isn't true for your data, you won't be able to see the line signal in such a plot and will need to make an initial (dirty or lightly cleaned) line+continuum cube to determine the line-free channels. Generally, this is the recommended course for finding the line-free channels more precisely than is being done here due to time constraints, as weak line signal would not be obvious in this plot.
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
plotms(vis='IRC10216',field='',ydatacolumn='corrected',
 
      xaxis='channel',yaxis='amp',correlation='RR',
 
      avgtime='1e8',avgscan=T,spw='0~1:4~60',antenna='', coloraxis='spw')
 
</source>
 
 
in the Display tab, change the Unflagged points symbol to custom and Style of 3.
 
 
You should see the "horned profile" typical of a rotation shell. From this plot, you can guess that strong
 
line emission is restricted to channels 18 to 47 (zoom in if necessary to see exactly what the channel numbers are).
 
 
In the Data tab you can also click on "all baselines" to average all baselines, but this is a little harder to see.
 
 
Now we want to use the line free channels to create a model of the continuum emission that can be subtracted to form a line-only dataset. We want to refrain from going to close to the edges of the band -- these channels are typically noisy, and we don't want to get too close to the line channels because we could only see strong line emission in the vector averaged uv-plot.
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
uvcontsub2(vis='IRC10216',fitspw='0~1:4~13;52~60',
 
      want_cont=T)
 
</source>
 
 
The "want_cont=T" will produce two new datasets, IRC10216.contsub is the continuum subtracted line data, and IRC10216.cont is the continuum estimate (note however, that it is still a multi-channel dataset).
 
 
 
 
<!-- ==Velocity Systems and Doppler corrections==
 
 
The current incarnation of the EVLA does not support Doppler tracking. Doppler setting is possible which will calculate the sky frequency based on a velocity of the source at the start of an observation. The sky frequency is then fixed throughout that track. Typically, a fixed frequency is better for the calibration of interferometric data. The downside, however, is that a spectral line may shift over one or more channels during an observation. {{clean}} takes care of such a shift when regridding the visibilities in velocity space (default is LSRK) to form an image. Sometimes, in particular when adding together different observing tracks, it may be advisable to do the regrid all data sets to the same velocity grid, combine all data to a single file, then Fourier transform and deconvolve. The tasks {{cvel}}, {{concat}}, and {{clean}} serve this purpose respectively. The following run of {{cvel}} shows an example on how the parameters of {{cvel}} may be set.
 
 
The '''IRC10216.contsub''' visibility spans the following channel range (see also the listobs output in the first part of the tutorial):
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
vishead(vis='IRC10216.contsub', mode='summary')
 
</source>
 
 
<pre style="background-color: #fffacd;">
 
SpwID  #Chans Frame Ch1(MHz)    ChanWid(kHz)  TotBW(kHz)  Corrs
 
0          64 TOPO  36387.2295  125          8000        RR  RL  LR  LL
 
1          64 TOPO  36304.542  125          8000        RR  RL  LR  LL
 
</pre>
 
 
For spw 0, this corresponds to about 1km/s channel width. If we want to image the HC3N spectral line with a rest frequency of 36.39232GHz over a velocity range of -50km/s to 0km/s and a channel width of 5km/s, we may decide to regrid the visibilities in {{cvel}} as
 
 
'''This step will take about 10minutes and is not necessary for the processing further down in this tutorial. You may skip it if you wish.'''
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
cvel(vis='IRC10216.contsub', outputvis='IRC10216.contsub-cveled', mode='velocity',
 
    interpolation='linear', nchan=10, start='-50km/s', width='5km/s',
 
    restfreq='36.39232GHz',outframe='LSRK', veltype='optical')
 
</source>
 
 
This will create a new dataset where the data is binned into the new grid. Since all data in measurement sets are stored in frequency space, an inspection with {{vishead}} results in
 
  
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The continuum-subtracted spectral line data is contained in <tt>IRC10216_spls.ms</tt>.  Use {{plotms}} to plot the lines.
  
 
<source lang="python">
 
<source lang="python">
# In CASA
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plotms(vis='IRC10216_spls.ms', xaxis='channel', yaxis='amp',
vishead(vis='IRC10216.contsub-cveled', mode='summary')
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      avgtime='1e8', avgscan=T, coloraxis='spw')
 
</source>
 
</source>
  
<pre style="background-color: #fffacd;">
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Now it is time to image the visibility data using {{clean}}. For illustration, we will clean channel 22 of the SiS line.
SpwID  #Chans Frame Ch1(MHz)    ChanWid(kHz)  TotBW(kHz)  Corrs
 
0          10 LSRK  36392.927  606.97375    6070.64874  RR  RL  LR  LL 
 
</pre>
 
 
 
 
 
After the {{cvel}} step, the data can then be combined with other observations via {{concat}} and imaged in {{clean}} with mode='channel' to conserve that velocity system and grid.
 
 
 
{{cvel}} can also Hanning smooth the data in the process if needed (as an alternative to the stand-alone {{hanningsmooth}} task).
 
-->
 
 
 
==Image the Spectral Line Data==
 
 
 
Here we make images from the continuum-subtracted, calibrated spectral line data. Because the spectral line emission from IRC+10216 has significant extended emission, it is very important to run clean interactively, and make a clean mask. To make the cube a bit smaller and stay away from noisy edge channels we restrict the
 
channel range using the spw parameter.
 
[[Image:viewer_interactive.png|thumb|Channel 32 shown for the HC3N cube shown in the interactive viewer with the white contour showing the mask contour drawn with the polygon tool.]]
 
 
 
'''Note that interrupting {{clean}} by Ctrl+C may corrupt your visibilities. You may better choose to let {{clean}} finish -- we are currently implementing a command that will nicely exit to prevent this from happening. But for the moment try to avoid Cntrl+C.'''
 
  
 
<source lang="python">
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
# In CASA
clean(vis='IRC10216.contsub',imagename='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5',
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clean(vis='IRC10216_spls.ms', imagename='ch22', spw='1:22~22',
       imagermode='csclean',
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       mode='channel', nchan=1, start='', width=1, niter=100000,
      imsize=300,cell=['0.4arcsec'],spw='0:5~58',
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      gain=0.1, threshold='3.0mJy', psfmode='clark', imagermode='csclean',
      mode='velocity',interpolation='linear',
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       interactive=T, npercycle=100, imsize=300, cell=['0.4arcsec', '0.4arcsec'],
       restfreq='36.39232GHz',outframe='LSRK',
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       stokes='I', weighting='briggs', robust=0.5)  
       weighting='briggs',robust=0.5,
 
      interactive=T,
 
      threshold='3.0mJy',niter=100000)
 
 
</source>
 
</source>
  
'''imagermode=csclean''' will invoke the Cotton-Schwab cleaning algorithm and the data will be regridded into a new output velocity frame, correcting for Doppler shifts of the line during the run (EVLA data for each track is always topocentric at a fixed sky frequency). The iterations are chosen as a high value to allow many clean cycles when needed. Typically, however, the threshold will kick in earlier and stop the cleaning process.   
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After running the above command, make a region in the CASA viewerDouble-click inside the region and clean by clicking the green circular arrow. After each cycle, click the green circular arrow again if the flux inside the region is brighter than the flux peaks outside the regionWhen you are finished cleaning, click the red 'STOP' button.  
 
 
It will take a little while to grid the data, but the {{viewer}} will open when it's ready to start an interactive clean. Use the "tape deck" at the bottom of the Viewer display GUI to step through to the channel with the most extended (in angular size) emission, select "all channels" for the clean mask, select the polygon tool (the 'R' with the wobbly line around it) and make a single mask that applies to all channels (see example in thumbnail). Once you make the polygon region, you need to double click inside it to save the mask region -- if you see the polygon turn white you will know you succeeded. Note, that if you had the time and patience you could make a clean mask for each channel, and this would create a slightly better result.
 
 
 
After making the mask you should check that the emission in all the other channels fits within the mask you made using the "tape deck" to move back and forth. If you need to include more area in the mask, you can chose the "erase" toggle at the top, and then encircle your existing mask with a polygon and double click inside. Then go back to "add" toggle at top and make a new maskAlternatively, you can erase a part of the mask, or you can add to the existing mask by drawing new polygons. Feel free to experiment with this a bit.
 
  
'''note''': If you start an interactive clean, and then do not make a mask, clean will stop when you tell it to go on because it has nothing to clean. There is no default mask. 
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Open the resulting image using the {{viewer}}.
 
 
To continue with {{clean}} use the "Next action" buttons in the green area on the Viewer Display GUI: The red X will stop {{clean}} where you are, the blue arrow will stop the interactive part of {{clean}}, but continue to clean non-interactively until reaching the stopping niter or threshold (whichever comes first), and the green arrow will clean until it reaches the "iterations" parameter on the left side of the green area. When
 
the interactive viewer comes back use the tape deck to recheck that your mask encompasses what you think is real emission. The middle mouse button by default controls the image stretch.
 
 
 
Note that for this example, threshold has been set to threshold='3mJy' to protect you from cleaning too deeply. With a careful clean mask you can clean to close to the thermal noise limit (note here I mean the actual observed rms noise limit and not the theoretical one you calculated for the proposal, as flagging, weather etc can affect what you actually get). It is ALWAYS best to clean each channel in a cube to a specific threshold than to stop by simply using the niter parameter, which can leave each channel cleaned to different levels. There are many ways to determine a suitable threshold. One way is to make a dirty image (niter=0), open the cube using the viewer, go to a line free channel, select the box region tool, make a box near the field center about the size of your source, and double click inside. The rms noise of that channel will appear in the terminal window from which the {{viewer}} was launched. Try a few different boxes, average the results and this is a good estimate of the rms per channel assuming your data are not dynamic range limited (i.e. noise can be higher in channels with strong signal). This is the absolute minimum for threshold. With no mask you probably shouldn't clean deeper than 3x this rms.
 
 
 
[[Image:SiS_interactive.png|thumb|Channel 43 shown for the SiS cube in the interactive viewer with the white contour showing the mask contour drawn with the polygon tool.]]
 
 
 
Keep cleaning, by using the green Next Action arrow until the residual displayed in the viewer looks "noise like". To speed things up, you might change the iteration parameter in the viewer to something like 300. This parameter can also be set in the task command. You will notice that in this particular case, there are residuals that cannot be cleaned -- these are due to the extended resolved out structure on size scales larger than the array is sensitive to (the "Largest Angular Scale" or LAS that the array is sensitive to can be calculated from the shortest baseline length), and potential residual phase and amplitude calibration errors. We will explore this in a few sections with self-calibration.
 
 
 
Repeat the process for the SiS line using the call below, note that the emission for this line is less extended than the HC3N -- this has to do with the different excitation requirements of the two different lines. The SiS is excited closer to the central star than the HC3N.
 
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
clean(vis='IRC10216.contsub',imagename='IRC10216_SiS.cube_r0.5',
 
      imagermode='csclean',
 
      imsize=300,cell=['0.4arcsec'],spw='1:5~58',
 
      mode='velocity',interpolation='linear',
 
      restfreq='36.30963GHz',outframe='LSRK',
 
      weighting='briggs',robust=0.5,
 
      interactive=T,
 
      threshold='3.0mJy',niter=100000)
 
</source>
 
  
You can look at both cubes using the viewer, and the tape deck to play the cube as "movie".
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
# In CASA
viewer
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viewer("ch22.image")
 
</source>
 
</source>
  
==Image the Continuum data==
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In the viewer, make a region and click inside it to get statistics about the portion of the image in the region.
  
Below the use of mode='mfs' will make a single multi-frequency synthesis image out of the specified spw/channels. Again you should make an interactive clean mask. Since no threshold is set, you will need to stop cleaning when the residual looks noise like using the red x "Next Action" button (it will be done when the viewer comes back the second time). The continuum for IRC10216 is very weak but interesting -- it is essentially tracing the photosphere of the AGB star.
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==Analyze the Image Cubes==
  
<source lang="python">
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Open the HC3N image cube in the {{viewer}}.
# In CASA
 
clean(vis='IRC10216.cont',imagename='IRC10216.36GHzcont',
 
      mode='mfs',imagermode='csclean',
 
      imsize=300,cell=['0.4arcsec'],spw='0~1:5~59',
 
      weighting='briggs',robust=0.5,
 
      interactive=T)
 
</source>
 
 
 
Now look at the result in the viewer if you like
 
  
 
<source lang="python">
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
# In CASA
viewer
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viewer("IRC10216_HC3N.image")
</source>
 
 
 
==Image Analysis and Viewing==
 
 
 
Next make integrated intensity maps (moment 0) and intensity-weighted velocity maps (moment 1). For HC3N, we also produce a velocity dispersion, peak flux, and median map. All are derived with {{immoments}}. To do this, we'll want to know what channels the line emission starts and ends on, and also the rms noise in a single channel. So first lets open the viewer:
 
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
viewer
 
 
</source>
 
</source>
  
Then use the Viewer tape deck to see which channels have significant line emission. For HC3N, the line channel range in the cube is 16 to 45, and it is the same for SiS.  
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Click the 'Play' button to view all channels in the cube.  Select '''Tool --> Spectral profile...''' from the pull down menu.  Create a region on the image to view the spectrum within the region.
  
[[Image:irc10216.jpg|thumb|HC3N moment 0 map with white continuum contours superposed.]]
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Open the SiS image cube in the viewer.
[[Image:irc10216_sismom0.jpg|thumb|SiS moment 0 map with white continuum contours superposed.]]
 
 
 
Then use the tape deck to go to a line free channel, select the box region tool and make a box. When you double click in the box, the image statistics for the channel you are on will print to the terminal. Move the box around a bit to see what the variation in rms noise is. You should get something like 2 mJy. Note that the rms is much worse in channels with strong emission because of the low dynamic range of these data. If you want the box tool to go away (i.e. if you want to make a new one), hit the escape key.
 
 
 
Now lets make the moment 0 and moment 1 maps. For moment zero, it's best to limit the calculation to image channels with significant signal in them, but not to apply a flux cutoff, as this will bias the derived integrated intensities upward.
 
  
 
<source lang="python">
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
# In CASA
immoments(imagename='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image',moments=[0],
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viewer("IRC10216_SiS.image")
          axis='spectral',
 
          chans='16~45',
 
          outfile='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image.mom0')
 
 
</source>
 
</source>
  
<source lang="python">
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Determine what channels in the cube have emission. Then make moment maps using {{immoments}}.
# In CASA
 
immoments(imagename='IRC10216_SiS.cube_r0.5.image',moments=[0],
 
          axis='spectral',
 
          chans='16~45',
 
          outfile='IRC10216_SiS.cube_r0.5.image.mom0')
 
</source>
 
 
 
For moment 1, it is essential to apply a conservative flux cutoff to limit the calculation to high signal-to-noise areas. Here we use about 5sigma.
 
 
 
[[Image:irc10216_dust_HC3N_cont.png|thumb|The VLT V-band image from Le&atilde;o et al. (2006, A&A, 455,187) showing dust rings, overlaid with white HC3N moment 0 contours and black 36 GHz continuum contours.]]
 
  
 
<source lang="python">
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
# In CASA
immoments(imagename='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image',moments=[1],
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immoments(imagename="IRC10216_SiS.image", moments=[0], axis="spectral",
          axis='spectral',
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           chans="12~40", outfile="IRC10216_Sis.mom0")  
           chans='16~46',excludepix=[-100,0.01],
 
          outfile='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image.mom1')
 
 
</source>
 
</source>
  
<source lang="python">
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Open the moment map in the viewer.
# In CASA
 
immoments(imagename='IRC10216_SiS.cube_r0.5.image',moments=[1],
 
          axis='spectral',
 
          chans='16~45',excludepix=[-100,0.01],
 
          outfile='IRC10216_SiS.cube_r0.5.image.mom1')
 
</source>
 
  
and finally we will do velocity dispersion, peak flux, and median map in a single step for HC3N. {{immoments}} can perform these steps even though the latter two are not 'moments' in a mathematical sense. Check the help file to find out the options. Peak flux and median are produced with the moment parameter set to 8 and 3:
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
# In CASA
immoments(imagename='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image',moments=[2,8,3],
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viewer("IRC10216_Sis.mom0")
          axis='spectral',
 
          chans='16~46',excludepix=[-100,0.01],
 
          outfile='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image.extramoms')
 
 
</source>
 
</source>
will create the files IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image.extramoms.weighted_dispersion_coord, IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image.extramoms.median, and IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image.extramoms.maximum.
 
 
 
Now use the viewer to further explore the images you've made.
 
 
For fun you can download the VLT V-band image at http://casa.nrao.edu/Data/EVLA/IRC10216/irc_fors1_dec_header.fits kindly provided by
 
Izan Le&atilde;o and overlay the moment images and 36 GHz continuum. More information about the dust properties can be found in the Le&atilde;o et al. (2006) paper http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2006A%26A...455..187L
 
 
The creation of position velocity cuts from the viewer is currently being developed and hopefully available soon in CASA. If you are interested in a work-around, you may have a look at the [[How_to_rotate_and_slice_a_cube_for_pV_diagrams|pV casaguide]]. Masking the data cube to extract the emission is described [[Masking_images_for_analysis|here]].
 
 
== Spectrum Fitting ==
 
 
Frequently, one would like to fit Gaussians or polynomials to the spectral line in the data cube. This can be done with CASA's {{specfit}} task. {{specfit}} can fit those functions to an average spectrum define by some bounding box, or, alternatively, for each pixel. In the following, we will do both.
 
 
=== Fitting an average spectrum ===
 
 
[[Image:viewer-irc-specfit1.png|thumb|The viewer showing the cube at plane 34. The green box marks the region that is averaged for the spectral profile. ]]
 
 
[[Image:viewer-irc-specfit1-profile.png|thumb|Spectral profile of the HC3N line within the green rectangle.]]
 
 
First, we want to inspect the spectrum. Load the image into the viewer (here: the HC3N image cube), select '''"spectral profile"''' from the '''Tools''' menu and open a region with the mouse button that is assigned to the rectangular '''"R"''' region in the tool bar. Best to do this at a plane that shows the entire extent of the source. The average spectrum will be displayed in a separate panel.
 
 
 
To fit this profile in {{specfit}}, we need a region file outlining the 2-D region that is averaged (the green box in the viewer screenshot).
 
In the following we use the new CASA region format (CASA 3.3 and higher) that is described [[CASA Region Format | here]]. Following the guidelines on that page, we create a file named  '''specfit.rgn''' that describes a box with its [[x1,y1],[x2,y2]] corners in J2000 RA DEC coordinates.
 
 
 
 
<pre style="background-color: #fffacd;">
 
#CRTFv0
 
box[[09:47:59.2, 13.16.24], [09:47:55.8, 13.17.09]]
 
</pre>
 
 
We will fit 2 Gaussians to the two peaks of the spectrum (the scientific merit is debatable). A file with initial values for the fit can be provided via the '''estimates''' parameter - see {{specfit}} for details. Here we will let CASA figure out the start values by itself: 
 
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
specfit(imagename='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image', region='specfit.rgn', multifit=F,
 
        estimates='', ngauss=2)
 
 
</source>
 
 
delivers the output below (or something similar depending on the details of flagging etc.):
 
 
<pre style="background-color: #fffacd;">
 
Fit centered at:
 
RA        :  09:47:57.49
 
Dec        :  13.16.46.46
 
Stokes    : I
 
Pixel      : [146.002, 164.499, 0.000,  *]
 
Attempted  : YES
 
Converged  : YES
 
Iterations : 25
 
Results for component 0:
 
Type  : GAUSSIAN
 
Peak  : 5.66 +/- 0.41 mJy/beam
 
Center : -16.21 +/- 0.33 km/s
 
          40.53 +/- 0.32 pixel
 
FWHM  : 8.38 +/- 0.80 km/s
 
        8.14 +/- 0.78 pixel
 
Results for component 1:
 
Type  : GAUSSIAN
 
Peak  : 4.55 +/- 0.32 mJy/beam
 
Center : -33.40 +/- 0.54 km/s
 
          23.84 +/- 0.52 pixel
 
FWHM  : 14.5 +/- 1.4 km/s
 
        14.0 +/- 1.4 pixel
 
</pre>
 
 
which seems to have caught the two peaks pretty well.
 
 
=== Spectral Fitting pixel by pixel ===
 
 
[[Image:irc-amp0.png|thumb|Output image of {{specfit}} of the amplitude of the first Gaussian component.]]
 
 
{{specfit}} can also fit Gaussians to every spectrum in each single spatial pixel. The following command will do this within the '''spectfit.rgn''' region defined above:
 
 
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
specfit(imagename='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.image', region='specfit.rgn', ngauss=2,
 
        multifit=T,  amp='fit.amp.image', center='fitcenter.image', fwhm='fitfwhm.image')
 
</source>
 
 
In this example, {{specfit}} will produce three images per Gaussian, images that map the best fit values of the Gauss peaks (amplitudes), velocity centers, and full widths at half maximum. For the first Gaussian, the image to the right displays the amplitude image '''fit.amp.image_0'''.
 
 
== Self-Calibration ==
 
 
The many different aspects of self-calibration could fill several casaguides. Here we describe a simple process for this particular relatively low S/N data (low S/N per channel at least).
 
 
While running {{clean}} above, the model column for each channel will have been filled with the clean model (if you made a Fourier transform of this model, you would see an image of the clean components).
 
 
We chose to do the self cal on the spw=1 SiS line data because it has the strongest emission in a single channel and is a bit more compact than the HC3N data. We will run {{gaincal}} specifying the channel in the uv-data that has the brightest peak in the image (use the {{viewer}} to figure out which channel this is for spw=1), note down what the peak flux is. Since we started the image with a channel range we need to account for the fact that the image channel numbers do not map exactly to the uv-data channel numbers (they are off by 5 so that channel 13 in the image is roughly channel 19 in the uv-data).
 
 
The next thing we need to understand is the S/N of the data. In particular, to self-cal, you need enough signal on a single baseline over the course of your chosen solint to get a S/N of about 3. Above we calculated an average rms noise of about 2 mJy/beam/channel for the whole timerange (about 95 minutes on source time) and all antennas (16). We can use our knowledge of the radiometer equation (see [http://evlaguides.nrao.edu/index.php?title=Category:Status#Sensitivity EVLA Sensitivity]) where rms scales as 1/sqrt(time * #baselines), and the number of baselines= N(N-1)/2 and N=# of antennas. So the rms noise on one baseline, one 10 second integration is given by:
 
 
<math> {\rm RMS(baseline)} = {\rm 2\ mJy\ beam^{-1}\ channel^{-1}} \sqrt{ \frac{95\times 60\ {\rm sec}}{10\ {\rm sec}}\times\frac{16\times 15}{2\times 1}}</math>
 
 
[[Image:timeonsource.png|thumb|Plot to estimate the time on source.]]
 
 
The 95 minutes of on-source time can be estimated from a plot like:
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
plotms(vis='day2_TDEM0003_10s_norx',field='3',ydatacolumn='corrected',
 
      xaxis='time',yaxis='amp',correlation='RR,LL',
 
      avgchannel='64',spw='1:4~60',antenna='')
 
</source>
 
 
This analysis suggests that the rms noise on one baseline, one 10 second integration is about 525 mJy. In contrast the peak flux density in the strongest SiS channel is only about 200 mJy (you can check using the {{viewer}}). Because the emission is fairly compact, most baselines will see about this peak flux, this is why we chose the more compact of the two possible lines. This peak flux density tells us that we need to use a solint large enough so that the rms noise is not worse than about 1/3 of 200 mJy. Thus, a solint of 10 minutes is about the shortest we can use and be reasonably confident of the solutions.
 
 
Now we run {{gaincal}} with the solint we have determined. Note that because our desired solint is more
 
than the scan time, we need to include combine='scan'.
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
gaincal(vis='IRC10216.contsub',caltable='pcal_ch19one_10min',
 
        spw='1:19~19',calmode='p',solint='10min',combine='scan',
 
        refant='ea02',minsnr=3.0)
 
</source>
 
 
[[Image:selfcalone.png|thumb|Phase-only self-calibration solutions with 10 minute solint.]]
 
Now let's look at the solutions:
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
plotcal(caltable='pcal_ch19one_10min',xaxis='time',yaxis='phase',
 
        iteration='antenna',subplot=331,plotrange=[0,0,-50,50])
 
</source>
 
 
For some antennas you can see clear global trends away from zero: ea08, ea21,ea24 are examples, and you can also see some smaller variations with time.
 
 
Now let's explore whether applying this solution actually improves matters. To do this we need to run {{applycal}} to apply the solutions to the line dataset, both spw. We need to use spwmap to tell it that the solutions derived for spw=1 should be applied to both spw=0 and spw=1. Again it's important to set calwt=F here.
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
applycal(vis='IRC10216.contsub',field='',spw='0,1',
 
        gaintable=['pcal_ch19one_10min'],spwmap=[[1,1]],calwt=F)
 
</source>
 
 
'''Note:''' in this example we ran the self-cal steps on the full uv continuum subtracted spectral line data set. For a more complex iterative self-calibration proceedure, you may find it easier to split off the channel/spw you want to experiment on with {{split}}, and then do all the imaging ({{clean}}) and {{gaincal}} steps with it. The {{gaincal}} tables created on the single channel can still be applied with {{applycal}} to the multi-channel/spw dataset. If you do this though, keep in mind that once split, the single-channel data will have its spw id reset to 0 (you can check with {{listobs}}), no matter what spw it came from. Thus in order to applycal with it you would need <nowiki>spwmap=[[0,0]]</nowiki>.
 
 
To save time we can use the clean mask we made before and run in a non-interactive mode. You can use a mask over again as long as the number of channels in the {{clean}} call haven't changed. You can change cell or imsize and it will still do the right thing.
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
clean(vis='IRC10216.contsub',imagename='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.pselfcal',
 
      imagermode='csclean',
 
      imsize=300,cell=['0.4arcsec'],spw='0:5~58',
 
      mode='velocity',interpolation='linear',
 
      restfreq='36.39232GHz',outframe='LSRK',
 
      weighting='briggs',robust=0.5,
 
      mask='IRC10216_HC3N.cube_r0.5.mask',
 
      interactive=F,threshold='3.0mJy',niter=100000)
 
</source>
 
 
<source lang="python">
 
# In CASA
 
clean(vis='IRC10216.contsub',imagename='IRC10216_SiS.cube_r0.5.pselfcal',
 
      imagermode='csclean',calready=T,
 
      imsize=300,cell=['0.4arcsec'],spw='1:5~58',
 
      mode='velocity',interpolation='linear',
 
      restfreq='36.30963GHz',outframe='LSRK',
 
      weighting='briggs',robust=0.5,
 
      mask='IRC10216_SiS.cube_r0.5.mask',           
 
      interactive=F,threshold='3.0mJy',niter=100000)
 
</source>
 
 
Now investigate the original and self-cal'ed images in the viewer. You will find that even this single self-cal step significantly improves the images. Try opening both versions of the SiS image cubes.
 
Then select a bright channel from the tape deck like channel 37, then use the "wrench" and "pwrench" guis to make a plot like below setting the same image range for both cubes, and two panels in x, then to see both images of that channel side-by-side click the blink toggle (see image below for more tips on setup.)
 
 
[[Image:compareselfcal.png|600px|Original and self-cal SiS images for channel 37, notice the decrease in
 
residuals.]]
 
 
Repeat for HC3N:
 
 
[[Image:compareselfcal2.png|600px|Original and self-cal HC3N images for channel 13, notice the decrease in
 
residuals.]]
 
  
Now you can redo the moment images if you like with the improved cubes, be sure to change the output file names.  
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Overlay contours by selecting '''Data --> Open''' from the pull down menu, selecting the moment-0 map, and clicking 'contour map'.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 16:46, 6 January 2012

This tutorial picks up where EVLA high frequency spectral line tutorial - IRC+10216 - calibration leaves off.

Imaging

UV-plot of the spectral line signal in both spw for IRC+10216.

The continuum-subtracted spectral line data is contained in IRC10216_spls.ms. Use plotms to plot the lines.

plotms(vis='IRC10216_spls.ms', xaxis='channel', yaxis='amp',
       avgtime='1e8', avgscan=T, coloraxis='spw')

Now it is time to image the visibility data using clean. For illustration, we will clean channel 22 of the SiS line.

# In CASA
clean(vis='IRC10216_spls.ms', imagename='ch22', spw='1:22~22',
      mode='channel', nchan=1, start='', width=1, niter=100000, 
      gain=0.1, threshold='3.0mJy', psfmode='clark', imagermode='csclean',
      interactive=T, npercycle=100, imsize=300, cell=['0.4arcsec', '0.4arcsec'],
      stokes='I', weighting='briggs', robust=0.5)

After running the above command, make a region in the CASA viewer. Double-click inside the region and clean by clicking the green circular arrow. After each cycle, click the green circular arrow again if the flux inside the region is brighter than the flux peaks outside the region. When you are finished cleaning, click the red 'STOP' button.

Open the resulting image using the viewer.

# In CASA
viewer("ch22.image")

In the viewer, make a region and click inside it to get statistics about the portion of the image in the region.

Analyze the Image Cubes

Open the HC3N image cube in the viewer.

# In CASA
viewer("IRC10216_HC3N.image")

Click the 'Play' button to view all channels in the cube. Select Tool --> Spectral profile... from the pull down menu. Create a region on the image to view the spectrum within the region.

Open the SiS image cube in the viewer.

# In CASA
viewer("IRC10216_SiS.image")

Determine what channels in the cube have emission. Then make moment maps using immoments.

# In CASA
immoments(imagename="IRC10216_SiS.image", moments=[0], axis="spectral",
          chans="12~40", outfile="IRC10216_Sis.mom0")

Open the moment map in the viewer.

# In CASA
viewer("IRC10216_Sis.mom0")

Overlay contours by selecting Data --> Open from the pull down menu, selecting the moment-0 map, and clicking 'contour map'.

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