We have developed a set of college-level, table-top labs for teaching the basics of radio interferometry and aperture synthesis. These labs are performed with the Very Small Radio Telescope (VSRT), an interferometer using satellite TV electronics as detectors and compact fluorescent light bulbs as microwave signal sources. The hands-on experience provided by the VSRT in these labs allows students to gain a conceptual understanding of radio interferometry and aperture synthesis without the rigorous mathematical background traditionally required.
Virtual Commons Citation
Marr, Jonathan M.; Durkota, Karel; Wilkin, Francis P.; Pere, Adam; Rogers, Alan E.E.; Fish, Vincent L.; Holodak, Gabriel; and Arndt, Martina B. (2011). Demonstrating the Principles of Aperture Synthesis with the Very Small Radio Telescope. In Physics Faculty Publications. Paper 19.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/physics_fac/19