The Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) offers a series of workshops aimed at helping users to work with the Chandra Interactive Analysis of Observations (CIAO) software.
Chandra/CIAO workshop at AAS 233, 2019 January 5&6, Seattle, WA
Members of the CXC will host a two day Chandra/CIAO workshop at the AAS 233 meeting in Seattle, WA. A copy of the workshop description is below:
Chandra/CIAO workshops are aimed at helping users, especially graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early-career researcher to work with Chandra data and the Chandra Interactive Analysis of Observations (CIAO) software. Several workshops have been previously organized at the Chandra X-Ray Center (see http://cxc.harvard.edu/ciao/workshop/ for more details) and this is the first time a CIAO workshop is organized in connection with the AAS. The workshop will feature talks on introductory and advanced X-ray data analysis, statistics, and topics in Chandra calibration. The workshop will also include hands-on sessions where students can practice X-ray data analysis following a workbook of CIAO exercises or perform their own analysis with members of the CIAO team ready to assist. Participants are required to bring their own laptop.
Individuals must register for the workshop when they register for the AAS 233 conference.
The preliminary workshop schedule is shown below.
|Saturday, 5 January 2019|
|09:00-10:00||Welcome. Introduction to Chandra and X-ray Data Analysis|
|10:00-10:45||Introduction to CIAO|
|11:15-12:00||Using SAOImage ds9 and DAX|
|12:00-12:45||Introduction to the Chandra Source Catalog|
|13:45-14:30||From archive to publication: a sample CIAO data analysis thread|
|14:30-14:40||Introduction to Hands on Session|
|Sunday, 6 January 2019|
|09:00-09:45||Imaging Spectral Analysis, aka Imaging Spectroscopy|
|09:45-10:30||Statistics for High-Energy Astrophysics|
|11:00-11:45||Introduction to Sherpa|
|11:45-12:30||The Chandra PSF|
The schedule is flexible and may be adjusted based on the feedback we receive. If you have any questions about the content of the workshop please contact the CXC Helpdesk
Students and new CIAO users may find the following material useful:
The CIAO Exercise Workbook is a collection of exercises designed to aquatint users with CIAO syntax and concepts.
Users looking to hone their CIAO skills could attempt some of the projects from one of the recent X-ray schools during the hands-on sessions.
Users can also search through the Quick Start Guide to get started on their specific analysis path as quickly as possible.
Information on other past CIAO workshops - which includes electronic copies of all the handouts and presentations - may be found in the Previous Workshops webpages. Material from previous Cal workshops can be found on the Chandra Calibration Review pages.
If you are planning your own CIAO workshop and would like to request support from the CXC, please submit the relevant details to the CXC Helpdesk. Proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.