Aims of the School

The European Radio Interferometry School is primarily intended for graduate students and beginning postdoctoral fellows, but senior researchers interested in learning about the techniques of radio interferometry are also welcome to attend.  

The aim of the school is to enable participants to get scientific results from radio interferometry at wavelengths ranging from 30m to 0.3mm. The emphasis will be on the generation of new and greatly enhanced interferometers which have recently become available to European astronomers, including LOFAR, eMERLIN, EVN, the Jansky VLA, ALMA and IRAM Plateau de Bure/NOEMA.  The School will also cover the use of archive data and look forward to the SKA and its Precursors.

There will be a mixture of lectures and practical, hands-on sessions (the latter covering the needs of both novice and advanced students). The topics to be covered will include:

  • Science enabled by radio interferometry
  • Basic principles: visibilities, images and Fourier transforms
  • How does a modern interferometer work?
  • Data acquisition and calibration
  • Radio-frequency interference
  • Imaging, deconvolution and self-calibration
  • Polarization
  • Spectral line astronomy
  • Extracting information from images and data cubes
  • High frequencies (>50 GHz)
  • Low frequencies (<300 MHz)
  • Very Long Baseline Interferometry
  • Pipelines
  • Archives and Legacy data
  • Choosing an array for your project
  • Writing a good proposal

The programme has been developed from those of earlier ERIS schools, with an increased emphasis on wide-bandwidth interferometers and on the use of the CASA package for data reduction.

The lectures and supporting material for ERIS 2013 may be found here.