Software Packages for Data Analysis
Data Processing/Visualization Packages
Millimeter Interferometer Reduction (MIR)
A software package based on IDL, for the reduction of data taken with the SMA.
Multichannel Image Reconstruction, Image Analysis, and Display (MIRIAD)
A radio interferometry data reduction package configured to reduce SMA data. Data form other telescopes (IRAM, ATNF, CARMA/BIMA and WSRT) can also be imported into MIRIAD.
Astronomical Image Processing System (AIPS)
AIPS is a software package developed at NRAO in the late 1970s. Its primary purpose is to calibrate and image radio astronomical data from the VLA, VLBA, or VLBI network, but can also be used to image already calibrated SMA data. We also have the ParselTongue interface.
To run AIPS on the RTDC computers, see AIPS and How To Access It.
Common Astronomy Software Applications package (CASA)
CASA is being developed to calibrate and image data
from ALMA and other arrays.
An astronomical imaging and data visualization application.
A command line user interface used to produce high quality figures.
A reduction package developed by IRAM. It is used to reduce data acquired with the IRAM 30M telescope and the NOrthern Extended Millimeter Array NOEMA (except VLBI observations).
A reduction for package and complete pipeline for single-dish data from the JCMT and UKIRT. The imaging application Gaia can be used on any fits file.
A program to calculate the strengths of atomic and molecular lines from homogenous molecular clouds.
An interactive graphical viewer and editor for tabular data. Its aim is to provide most of the facilities that astronomers need for analysis and manipulation of source catalogues and other tables.
Internal SMA Scripts
This script will report on the contents of a data directory - sources, scans, tuning etc. Find more details at About SMA Data.
This script is used to rechunk (rebin) SMA data. See Reducing the Size of your Data for more details.
This script is used to convert SMA data to CASA measurement set format. See Converting SMA data to CASA MS format for more information.
OpenOffice is an open-source office suite. It can be started from the command line by typing
Command-line aliases exist for the popular OpenOffice applications:
Word processor =
Additional modes include database, presentation, and formula.
Emacs is available on all machines. You can open it as an x-window with
$ emacs myfile
or in the terminal window with
$ emacs -nw myfile