Projects:2017s1-177 Radio Astronomy with Software-Defined Radio
Dr. Withawat Withayachumnankul, Dr. Brian Ng
Luke Woolcock (a1670674) , Thomas Suebwicha (a1667026)
Software-defined radio (SDR) replaces conventional hardware components like mixers, oscillators, demodulators, etc. with signal-processing software running on an embedded system or a computer. This provides a great flexibility to modify the function of the RF system at virtually no cost. Here the students will have an opportunity to implement a SDR for radio astronomy to observe emission from celestial objects. They will need to construct a receiver dish and write a code for continuous sky observation. The students will need a good background on programming, RF engineering, and signal processing.