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CIAO Workshops

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 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.

Date/Time Topic
Saturday, 5 January 2019
09:00-10:00 Welcome. Introduction to Chandra and X-ray Data Analysis
10:00-10:45 Introduction to CIAO
10:45-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Using SAOImage ds9 and DAX
12:00-12:45 Introduction to the Chandra Source Catalog
12:45-13:45 Lunch
13:45-14:30 From archive to publication: a sample CIAO data analysis thread
14:30-14:40 Introduction to Hands on Session
14:40-18:00 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
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Introduction to Sherpa
11:45-12:30 The Chandra PSF
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:30 Hands-on Session

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

Supplementary Material

Students and new CIAO users may find the following material useful:

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.

Organizing a workshop?

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.