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CASA can be used to process VLBA continuum data, but development and testing are ongoing and NRAO currently recommends using AIPS for all VLBA data. VLBI processing in CASA has been extensively tested with EVN continuum data. Other use cases and telescopes are still being verified. Feedback on results (also successful ones) and missing or optimizing functionality is very welcome at casa_feedback_at_nrao.edu.
 
CASA can be used to process VLBA continuum data, but development and testing are ongoing and NRAO currently recommends using AIPS for all VLBA data. VLBI processing in CASA has been extensively tested with EVN continuum data. Other use cases and telescopes are still being verified. Feedback on results (also successful ones) and missing or optimizing functionality is very welcome at casa_feedback_at_nrao.edu.
  
The below EVN CASA tutorials introduce the CASA environment and touch upon the visualization, calibration and imaging capabilities available, along with the scripting methods so that you can create your own calibration scripts for your own data.
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For the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, one of three certified pipelines is based on CASA. This 'rPicard' pipeline has since evolved into a generic all-purpose pipeline for VLBI processing. While rPicard is not supported by the CASA team, users can find more information in [https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.01905 Janssen et al. (2019)].
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== <font size = 3> '''VLBA CASA tutorials''' ==
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The following CASA tutorial covers calibrating and imaging a basic phase-referenced VLBA observation.
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CASA VLBA tutorial: [https://casaguides.nrao.edu/index.php?title=VLBA_Basic_Phase-referencing_Calibration_and_Imaging VLBA Basic Phase-referencing Tutorial] (CASA 6.4.0)
  
For the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, one of three certified pipelines is based on CASA. This 'rPicard' pipeline has since evolved into a generic all-purpose pipeline for VLBI processing. While rPicard is not supported by the CASA team, users can find more information in [https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.01905 this paper].
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In addition to the CASA tutorial, the following document describes the procedure for calibrating VLBA phase-referenced observations with CASA, including self-calibration.
  
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VLBA Data Calibration with CASA: [https://library.nrao.edu/public/memos/vlba/sci/VLBAS_38.pdf VLBA Scientific Memo #38]
  
 
== <font size = 3> '''VLBA AIPS tutorials''' ==
 
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While implementation of VLBA data processing is an ongoing effort in CASA, we also include below two AIPS tutorials on this topic.
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While the above tutorial for processing VLBA data in CASA is available, we also include below two AIPS tutorials on this topic.
  
 
AIPS tutorial: [https://casaguides.nrao.edu/index.php/AIPS-Simple-Self-Cal Simple Self-Calibration]
 
AIPS tutorial: [https://casaguides.nrao.edu/index.php/AIPS-Simple-Self-Cal Simple Self-Calibration]
  
 
AIPS tutorial: [https://casaguides.nrao.edu/index.php/AIPS-Spectral_Lines_and_Astrometry Spectral Lines and Astrometry]
 
AIPS tutorial: [https://casaguides.nrao.edu/index.php/AIPS-Spectral_Lines_and_Astrometry Spectral Lines and Astrometry]
 
  
 
== <font size = 3> '''EVN CASA tutorials''' ==
 
== <font size = 3> '''EVN CASA tutorials''' ==
  
 
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The below EVN CASA tutorials introduce the CASA environment and touch upon the visualization, calibration and imaging capabilities available, along with the scripting methods so that you can create your own calibration scripts for your own data.
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CASA tutorial: [http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/DARA/unit4/Workshops/EVN_continuum.html EVN Continuum Imaging & Calibration]
 
CASA tutorial: [http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/DARA/unit4/Workshops/EVN_continuum.html EVN Continuum Imaging & Calibration]
  

Latest revision as of 10:54, 30 June 2022

Tutorials for Very Long Baseline Interferometry

CASA is offering increased VLBI support through a collaboration with the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE).

CASA can be used to process VLBA continuum data, but development and testing are ongoing and NRAO currently recommends using AIPS for all VLBA data. VLBI processing in CASA has been extensively tested with EVN continuum data. Other use cases and telescopes are still being verified. Feedback on results (also successful ones) and missing or optimizing functionality is very welcome at casa_feedback_at_nrao.edu.

For the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, one of three certified pipelines is based on CASA. This 'rPicard' pipeline has since evolved into a generic all-purpose pipeline for VLBI processing. While rPicard is not supported by the CASA team, users can find more information in Janssen et al. (2019).

VLBA CASA tutorials

The following CASA tutorial covers calibrating and imaging a basic phase-referenced VLBA observation.

CASA VLBA tutorial: VLBA Basic Phase-referencing Tutorial (CASA 6.4.0)

In addition to the CASA tutorial, the following document describes the procedure for calibrating VLBA phase-referenced observations with CASA, including self-calibration.

VLBA Data Calibration with CASA: VLBA Scientific Memo #38

VLBA AIPS tutorials

While the above tutorial for processing VLBA data in CASA is available, we also include below two AIPS tutorials on this topic.

AIPS tutorial: Simple Self-Calibration

AIPS tutorial: Spectral Lines and Astrometry

EVN CASA tutorials

The below EVN CASA tutorials introduce the CASA environment and touch upon the visualization, calibration and imaging capabilities available, along with the scripting methods so that you can create your own calibration scripts for your own data.

CASA tutorial: EVN Continuum Imaging & Calibration

CASA tutorial: EVN HI Spectral Line

Credits: These CASA tutorials represent publicly available materials developed by scientists from the University of Manchester, the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE), and the University of Pretoria/SARAO through funding from Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA). The materials are based upon a workshop developed by Anita Richards (University of Manchester) in 2016. The subsequent update has been conducted by Jack Radcliffe (SARAO/ University of Pretoria), which has been influenced by Des Small's (JIVE) EVN CASA tutorial, based on AIPS material provided by Minnie Mao. When starting with archival EVN observations, this EVN CASA tutorial explains the required steps for converting the data into a Measurement Set (in the EVN Continuum tutorial these steps are not complete). Thanks to Ilse van Bemmel (JIVE) for making these materials available for the CASA Guides.