Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University
Joanna Kiryluk, Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University
Meghan Donnelly, Engineering, Stony Brook University
Ernst Sichtermann, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Richard Lefferts, Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University
1. TIME AND LOCATION
04/01/2017 (Saturday) 10am-5pm
04/08/2017 (Saturday) 10am-5pm
Location: A-floor, room 118, Physics Building
Radio detection techniques are widely used in science and engineering, in areas ranging from object detection with radar to searches for the most energetic and elusive particles in the universe. In this course students will learn a method to detect solar flares - a sudden large energy release on the Sun's surface - using Very Low Frequency (VLF) antennas and electronics. The laboratory component offers a hands-on experience with this technique.
You will construct a SID detector. You will use an antenna built in previous 2016 WSE187 course
, will build (for the first time) an amplifier needed for a real signal detection. If time permits, we will collect and analyze the data.
2. TEXT BOOK
"The Radio Sky and How to Observe it", Jeff Lashley.
Reading assignment: Chapter 1 and CHapter 9.
3. COURSE MATERIAL
Shields testing: instructions provided in class.
Previously collected data files: 20160806.CSV
Shields construction: instructions provided in class.
4. LAB REPORTS
Write a ~ 2-page (not counting plots) report. Your report should contain a description of:
What are solar flares? How do we detect them using our SID detector (SID=antenna + arduino based stack of shields)
2) Shield construction (one of the three, the one you constructed)
3) Shield testing (one of the three, the one you constructed)
include data and graphs, describe any problems (if any) you encountered
4) Read the data files collected with your shields (it will take a few days), and make plots. Describe the main features of the plots. Have we detected solar flares?
Just to start, you may use data files collected previously. Once you get your own data, you will just change input data.
5) What you have learned overall, which aspects of the project did you enjoy, which parts did you dislike.
Email your reports for grading to: Joanna.Kiryluk (at) stonybrook.edu
4. RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS
5. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT
- If the schedule of homeworks, exams or other assignments is in conflict with your religion's Holidays, please let me know in an email by the end of the first week of instructions and I will do my best to accommodate your needs. Please note that I cannot make changes in the course schedule after the first week of classes. No consideration will be made if someone approaches me in this matter at a time close to the due date or the exam date.
6. UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT
If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact
Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will
determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is
7. CRITICAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing
another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of
academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology &Management,
Nursing, SocialWelfare, DentalMedicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.
For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please
refer to the academic judiciary website at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/
- Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required
to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety
of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine
are required to follow their school-specific procedures.
Last Updated: 03/31/2016