Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Physics - (M.S.)

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Dale E. Gary

Second Advisor

Haimin Wang

Third Advisor

Andrew Gerrard

Abstract

ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is an antenna array of 66 antennas located in northern Chile at 5000 meters altitude. It is the largest ground-based array operated at millimeter/submillimeter wavelengths. In this thesis, the advantages of using ALMA for solar observation are presented, together with the introduction of a campaign to commission ALMA for solar observations. Observation modes of the solar campaign are reviewed in Chapter 2. Methods for constructing images from single dish data as well as the procedure for processing interferometer data, including calibration and imaging, are given in Chapter 3. The CLEAN algorithm that is used for producing images is also discussed in this chapter. Examples of processed images, both for single dish and interferometer, are shown in Chapter 4. In the final Chapter 5, a discussion about what remains to be done to create the observing tool and define observing modes for future ALMA solar campaign is provided.

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