Calibration Techniques at Radio Wavelengths

Authors: Karen O'Neil

Published: "The NAIC/NRAO School on Single Dish Radio Astronomy " Salter, eds. (San Francisco:ASP) (2001).


Calibrating telescope data is one of the most important issues an observer faces. In this chapter we describe a number of the methods which are commonly used to calibrate radio telescope data in the centimeter wavelength regime. This includes a discussion of the various methods often used in determining the temperature and gain of a telescope, as well as some of the more common difficulties which can be encountered.

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