The Australia Telecope Compact Array, Phil Edwards

Practical Pipelining using python, Cormac Purcell

Polarization Imaging with Interferometry, Rick Perley

Radio Interferometry II, Rick Perley

Fundermentals of Radio Interferometry, Rick Perley

Imaging and deconvolution, Rick Perley

Fourier Transforms, John Dickey

High Dynamic range imaging, Josh Marvil

Image Analysis, Antonia Rowlinson

An introduction to ASKAP, Aidan Hotan

PAFs, Aidan Hotan

The zero spacing problem, Megan Johnson

Receiver Systems, Christoph Brem

Polarimertry I, Ryan Shannon

Principles of Interferometry I, Phil Edwards

Wide Field Imaging, Martin Bell

Calibration and Editing, Emil Lenc

Error Recognition, Emil Lenc

Wideband Imaging, Jamie Stevens

Observing Strategies, Shari Breen

IT tool kit, Vanessa Moss



CASS Radio Astronomy School 2014

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science is holding the 2014 Radio Astronomy School at the Australia Telescope Compact Array, NSW, from Monday 29th September to Friday 3rd October 2014. The format of the school will be similar to previous schools, with a mix of lectures and practical hands-on sessions. Material will be presented by both radio astronomers and engineers. The lectures will focus on interferometry. The intended audience is postgraduate students and other interested researchers. No prior experience with radio astronomy is required.

Key Topics

  • Introduction to the Compact Array
  • Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy
  • Synthesis Imaging
  • Scheduling and Performing Observations
  • Calibrating Techniques
  • Data Reduction and Analysis
  • Tools of Radio Astronomy
  • Interpreting and Calibrating Polarisation Measurements
  • Wideband, widefield imaging
  • Observations at Millimetre Wavelengths
  • Specialised Observing Modes
  • Practical Sessions: Observing and Data Reduction
  • Very Long Baseline Interferometry
  • Introduction to Next Generation Interferometers


Registration is now open. The registration fee will be $250 for students and $300 for others and coveres all lunches as well as two dinner events. Once the registration form is completed you will be emailed a payment form. Please note that places are strictly limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not complete until payment has been made. The registration details can be found here.

Important dates

  • 27 May 2014: First announcement
  • 27 May 2014: Registration opens
  • 1 Sep 2014: Registration closes
  • 29 September 2014: School Starts



Travel information

Participants are responsible for organising their own transport to and from Narrabri. See here for information on how to get to Narrabri.

Transport between the ATCA and the town during the school

We have arranged for a bus to provide transport between Narrabri and the Australia Telescope Compact Array during the Radio School.


While we have not made any block bookings for accommodation in Narrabri, we do encourage you to stay at one of the following: Club Motor Inn and the Southern Cross Motor Inn (newer); Adelong Motel; Mid Town Inn and BigSky Caravan Park – cabins - (close to town) and Highway Tourist Village & Caravan Park (further out). 

Budget accommodation is available at the COT located on the main street. Rooms are $60 per night and include a continental breakfast. They also offer a discounted weekly rate and cheap evening meals for their guests.
Establishments close to Maitland Street offer easy access to food venues and pick-up points for the Radio School bus for travel to and from the telescope each day.

Excursion to Sawn Rocks

We are organising an excursion to Sawn Rocks which is located in the beautiful Mount Kaputar National Park on Friday afternoon. A bus will depart the telescope at ~2pm and return participants to the town in the late afternoon/early evening. If you wish to attend this excursion please remember to pack appropriate footware, a hat and a drink bottle. Some pictures Robin took during the 2012 radio school are below.

Organising Committee

Ian Heywood, Shari Breen, Megan Johnson, Phil Edwards, Simon Johnston, Jamie Stevens, Robin Wark, Margaret McFee, Amanda Gray


Australia Telescope Compact Array Visitor's Centre, Narrabri, NSW Australia.

Contact Information

For further enquiries, contact the school organisation team at