Head of GBT Science Operations


GB Summer Student Coordinator

GBT Commissioning

Dish Hints

GBT Observer's (GO) Interface


Conference Presentations

Calvin Ball

Green Bank Earth Station

Toney Minter's Home Page

Click here for a complete list of my publications from ADS:Publication List

Head of GBT Science Operations

I am currently the head of GBT Science Operations. I oversee a staff of about one dozen scientist who provide support and development for the Green Bank Telesccope. I am responsible for setting priorities for the work being done on the telescope and to coordinate this work between the different divisions within Green Bank. I am also responsible for overseeing the proposal handling process for all proposals requesting time on the GBT.


I was the colloquium organizer at NRAO, Green Bank from 1998-2009.

GB Summer Student Coordinator

I was the Green Bank REU Summer Student Coordinator from 2004-2009.
2009 Summer Student Schedule
2008 Summer Student Schedule
2007 Summer Student Schedule
2006 Summer Student Schedule
2005 Summer Student Schedule
2004 Summer Student Schedule
2008 Summer visitors

GBT Commissioning

IF System Non-linearities

I have been tracking down non-linear effects in the GBT IF system as part of the GBT IF Non-linearity Project.

Here are some reports:
GBT01A_004 Observation Checkout Report - March 31, 2004.
GBT IF System Non-Linearity: April 4 and 8, 2004 Tests Results.
Non-linear data calibration scheme memo coming soon.

RFI Reports

A Ku-Band (12.0 to 15.4 GHz) RFI survey can be found here.
A PF1 800 MHz band (680 to 920 MHz) RFI survey can be found here.
A PF1 450 MHz band (385 to 520 MHz) RFI survey can be found here.

Dish Hints

Here is a web page I have thrown together with several useful (to me) programs for handling data in DISH. You might find something useful there.

GBT Observer's (GO) Interface

I was a developer of the GBT Observer's (GO) Interface.

GO Documentation

Current GO Table keywords

GO Table Examples

Go Table Examples

GO Software Project Notes

GBT Observe (GO): Initial System Requirements
GBT GO FITS File Specification
Creating A Device Setup Glish Script
GO Switching Signals Implementation
Full List Of GO Keywords And Possible Values
Commonly Used GO Keywords


Coming soon: "Interpreting The Observed Power Spectrum..."

"G28.17+0.05: An Unusual Giant HI Cloud In The Inner Galaxy"
Anthony H. Minter , Felix J. Lockman , Glen I.
Langston , and Jennifer A. Lockman, 2001, ApJ, 555, 868.
         (from ApJ:   html   postscript   pdf)

"An ESE Event for PSR 0329+54"
Anthony Minter, 2001, A&SS, 278, 159.
         (from A&SS:   html) (preprint   pdf)

"The First Galactic Plane Survey AT 8.35 and 14.35 GHz"
Glen Langston, Anthony Minter, Larry D'Addario, Keri Eberhardt, Katrina Koski, and Julianne Zuber, 2000, AJ, 119, 2801.
         (from AJ:   html   postscript   pdf)

"Green Bank Workshop on Warm Ionized Gas in Galaxies"
Anthony H. Minter, Felix J. Lockman , Dana S. Balser, R. J. Reynolds , Blair D. Savage, James M. Cordes , Richard J. Rand, and J. Michael Shull, 2000, PASP, 112, 424.
         (from PASP:   html   postscript   pdf)

"The VSOP 5 GHz AGN Survey I. Compilation and Observations"
Hirabayashi, Hisashi; Fomalont, Edward B.; Horiuchi, Shinji; Lovell, James E. J.; Moellenbrock, George A.; Inoue, Makoto; Burke, Bernard F.; Dewdney, Peter E.; Gurvits, Leonid I.; Kobayashi, Hideyuki; Jauncey, David L.; Murata, Yasuhiro; McCulloch, Peter; Preston, Robert A.; Avruch, Ian M.; Edwards, Philip G.; Dougherty, Sean M.; Scott, William K.; Frey, Sandor; Paragi, Zsolt; Kovalev, Yuri A.; Popov, Misha; Romney, Jonathan D.; Schilizzi, Richard T.; Shen, Zhi-Qiang; Nicolson, George; Quick, Jonathan; Costa, Marco; Dodson, Richard; Reynolds, John E.; Tzioumis, Anastasios K.; Tingay, Steven J.; Hong, Xiao-Yu; Liang, Shi-Guang; Huang, Xin-Yong; Wei, Wen-Ren; Trigilio, Corrado; Tuccari, Gino; Nakajima, Jun'ichi; Kawai, Eiji; Umemoto, Tomofumi; Miyaji, Takeshi; Fujisawa, Kenta; Kus, Noriyuki Kawaguchi Andrzej; Ghigo, Frank; Salter, Chris; Ghosh, Tapasi; Kanevsky, Boris; Slysh, Vyacheslav; Gunn, Alastair; Burgess, Paul; Carlson, Brent; Del Rizzo, David; Taylor, Russell; Cannon, Wayne; Kameno, Seiji; Shibata, Kazunori M.; Benson, John; Flatters, Chris; Hale, Andrew; Lewis, Craig; Langston, Glen; Minter, Anthony; Miller, Kevin; Smith, Joel; Wietfeldt, Richard; Altunin, Valery; Meier, David L.; Murphy, David W.; Resch, George; Lister, Matthew L.; Piner, B. Glenn; Jenkins, Robert; Border, James; and Gimeno, Jesus, 2000, PASJ, 52, 997.
         (from NASA ADS:   html   pdf)

"The VLBI Space Observatory Programme and the Radio-Astronomical Satellite HALCA"
Hirabayashi, Hisashi; Hirosawa, Haruto; Kobayashi, Hideyuki; Murata, Yasuhiro; Asaki, Yoshiharu; Avruch, Ian M.; Edwards, Philip G.; Fomalont, Edward B.; Ichikawa, Tsutomu; Kii, Tsuneo; Okayasu, Rikako; Wajima, Kiyoaki; Inoue, Makoto; Kawaguchi, Noriyuki; Chikada, Yoshihiro; Bushimata, Takeshi; Fujisawa, Kenta; Horiuchi, Shinji; Kameno, Seiji; Miyaji, Takeshi; Shibata, Kazunori M.; Shen, Zhi-Qiang; Umemoto, Tomofumi; Kasuga, Takashi; Nakajima, Jun'ichi; Takahashi, Yukio; Enome, Shinzou; Morimoto, Masaki; Ellis, Jordan; Meier, David L.; Murphy, David W.; Preston, Robert A.; Smith, Joel G.; Wietfeldt, Rick D.; Benson, John M.; Claussen, Mark J.; Flatters, Chris; Moellenbrock, George A.; Romney, Jonathan D.; Ulvestad, James S.; Langston, Glen I.; Minter, Anthony H.; D'Addario, Larry R.; Dewdney, Peter E.; Dougherty, Sean M.; Jauncey, David L.; Lovell, James E. J.; Tingay, Steven J.; Tzioumis, Anastasios K.; Taylor, A. Russell; Cannon, Wayne H.; Gurvits, Leonid I.; Schilizzi, Richard T.; Booth, Roy S.; Popov, Misha V., 2000, PASJ, 52, 955.
         (from NASA ADS:   html   pdf)

"HALCA Images of The Young Radio Source 1413+135"
Langston, G.; Minter, A. H.; Ghigo, F., Advances in Space Research, Volume 26, Issue 4, p. 701-704

"Overview and Initial Results of the Very Long Baseline Interferometry Space Observatory Programme"
Hirabayashi, H.; Hirosawa, H.; Kobayashi, H.; Murata, Y.; Edwards, P. G.; Fomalont, E. B.; Fujisawa, K.; Ichikawa, T.; Kii, T.; Lovell, J. E. J.; Moellenbrock, G. A.; Okayasu, R.; Inoue, M.; Kawaguchi, N.; Kameno, S.; Shibata, K. M.; Asaki, Y.; Bushimata, T.; Enome, S.; Horiuchi, S.; Miyaji, T.; Umemoto, T.; Migenes, V.; Wajima, K.; Nakajima, J.; Morimoto, M.; Ellis, J.; Meier, D. L.; Murphy, D. W.; Preston, R. A.; Smith, J. G.; Tingay, S. J.; Traub, D. L.; Wietfeldt, R. D.; Benson, J. M.; Claussen, M. J.; Flatters, C.; Romney, J. D.; Ulvestad, J. S.; D'Addario, L. R.; Langston, G. I.; Minter, A. H.; Carlson, B. R.; Dewdney, P. E.; Jauncey, D. L.; Reynolds, J. E.; Taylor, A. R.; McCulloch, P. M.; Cannon, W. H.; Gurvits, L. I.; Mioduszewski, A. J.; Schilizzi, R. T.; Booth, R. S., 1998, Science, 281, 1825.
         (local copy:   postscript   pdf)

"The Effects of Thermal Heating via the Dissipation of Turbulence on Physical Conditions in the Galactic Diffuse Ionized Gas"
Anthony H. Minter and Dana S. Balser, 1997, ApJ, 484, L133.
         (from ApJ:   html   postscript   pdf)
         (local copy:   html)

"Heating of the Interstellar Diffuse Ionized Gas via the Dissipation of Turbulence"
Anthony H. Minter and Steven R. Spangler, 1997, ApJ, 485, 182.
         (from ApJ:   html   postscript   pdf)

"8.35 and 14.35 GHz Continuum Observations of Comet Hyakutake C/1996 B2"
Anthony H. Minter and Glen Langston, 1996, ApJ, 467, L37.
         (from ApJ:   html   postscript   pdf)

"Observation of Turbulent Fluctuations in the Interstellar Plasma Density and Magnetic Field on Spatial Scales of 0.01 to 100 Parsecs"
Minter, Anthony H.; Spangler, Steven R., 1996, ApJ, 458, 194.
         (from NASA ADS:   html   pdf)

"Studying Interstellar Plasma Turbulence Through Precision Faraday Rotation Measurements of Extragalactic Radio Sources"
Anthony Minter, 1995, PhD. Thesis, University of Iowa.
         My PDF Version
         (from NASA ADS:   html)

Conference Presentations

"A Unique Giant HI Cloud in the Inner Galaxy"
Lockman, F. J.; Minter, A. H., Gas and Galaxy Evolution, ASP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 240. Edited by John E. Hibbard, Michael Rupen, and Jacqueline H. van Gorkom. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ISBN: 1-58381-077-3, 2001, p. 458

"The VSOP Survey I: Description and Participation"
Fomalont, E.; Hirabayashi, H.; Murata, Y.; Kobayashi, H.; Inoue, M.; Burke, B.; Dewdney, P.; Gurvits, L.; Jauncey, D.; McCulloch, P.; Preston, R.; Horiuchi, S.; Lovell, J.; Moellenbrock, G.; Edwards, P.; Asaki, Y.; Avruch, I.; Nicolson, G.; Quick, J.; Costa, M.; Dodson, R.; Reynolds, J.; Tzioumis, A.; Tingay, S.; Hong, X.; Liang, S.; Trigilio, C.; Tuccari, G.; Nakajima, J.; Kawai, E.; Fujisawa, K.; Kawaguchi, N.; Miyaji, T.; Kus, A.; Ghigo, F.; Salter, C.; Slysh, V.; Cannon, W.; Carlson, B.; Dougherty, S.; del Rizzo, D.; Scott, W.; Taylor, R.; Kameno, S.; Shibata, K.; Umemoto, T.; Benson, J.; Flatters, C.; Hale, A.; Lewis, C.; Romney, J.; Miller, K.; Smith, J.; Wietfeldt, R.; Meier, D.; Murphy, D.;
Langston, G.; Minter, A.; Popov, M.; Schilizzi, R.; Shen, Z.-Q., Astrophysical Phenomena Revealed by Space VLBI, Proceedings of the VSOP Symposium, held at the Institute of Space and astronautical Science, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan, January 19 - 21, 2000, Eds.: H. Hirabayashi, P.G. Edwards, and D.W. Murphy, Published by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, p. 167-176.
         (from NASA ADS:   html   postscript)

"VSOP Observations of PSR B0329+54"
Anthony Minter, Astrophysical Phenomena Revealed by Space VLBI, Proceedings of the VSOP Symposium, held at the Institute of Space and astronautical Science, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan, January 19 - 21, 2000, Eds.: H. Hirabayashi, P.G. Edwards, and D.W. Murphy, Published by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, p. 113-116.
         (from NASA ADS:   html   postscript)

"Pulsar Scintillation Measurements: Is there any evidence for a Local Bubble Shell or effects from pulsar bow shocks?"
Minter, Anthony, Pulsar Astronomy - 2000 and Beyond, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 202; Proceedings of the 177th Colloquium of the IAU held in Bonn, Germany, 30 August - 3 September 1999. (San Francisco: ASP). Edited by M. Kramer, N. Wex, and N. Wielebinski, p. 549

"Turbulent Heating of the Diffuse Ionized Gas"
Minter, Anthony; Balser, Dana, Interstellar Turbulence, Proceedings of the 2nd Guillermo Haro Conference. Edited by Jose Franco and Alberto Carraminana. Cambridge University Press, 1999., p.65

"Some Astrophysical and Instrumental Applications of AIPS++"
McMullin, Joseph P.; Garwood, Robert W.; Minter, Anthony H., Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems VIII, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 172. Ed. David M. Mehringer, Raymond L. Plante, and Douglas A. Roberts. ISBN: 1-886733-94-5 (1999), p. 466.

"Turbulent Heating in the Galactic Diffuse Ionized Gas"
Minter, A.; Balser, D. S., Lecture Notes in Physics, vol.506, The Local Bubble and Beyond. Lyman-Spitzer Colloquium, Proceedings of the IAU Colluquium No. 166 held in Garching, Germany, 21-25 April, 1997, XXVII, 603pp. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York (ISBN 3-540-64306-0), edited by D. Breitschwerdt, M. J. Freyberg, and J. Truemper, pp. 543-546


"G28.17+0.05, A New Type of Cloud in the ISM?"
Minter, Anthony H.; Lockman, Felix J., June 2001, American Astronomical Society Meeting 198, #59.07
         (postscript   pdf)

"Deceleration of Components of Young Radio Source PKS 1413+135"
Langston, G. I.; Minter, A. H.; Ghigo, F. D.; Avruch, I. M., American Astronomical Society Meeting 197, #108.06

"Transients in the GPA Survey at 8.35 and 14.35 GHZ"
Langston, G. I.; Minter, A. H.; American Astronomical Society Meeting 196, #25.07

"The Dissipation of Turbulence as a Heat Source in the Warm Ionized Medium"
Wilson, J. M.; Balser, D. S.; Minter, A. H., January 2000, American Astronomical Society Meeting 195, #51.06
         (html format:   large   small)

"Why Would We See 2-D Turbulence in Interstellar Gases?"
Minter, Anthony H., January 2000, American Astronomical Society Meeting 195, #51.04
         (postscript   pdf)

"A Galactic Plane Survey at 8.35 and 14.35 GHz and the Discovery of the Supernova Remnant G28.07+0.0"
Minter, Anthony H.; Langston, G.I., June 1999, American Astronomical Society Meeting 194, #85.01

"Are "Diffuse" H II Regions Responsible For Enhanced Scattering?"
Minter, Anthony H., June 1998, American Astronomical Society Meeting 192, #46.11

"VSOP Space VLBI observations of 1413+135 at C band"
Minter, Anthony H.; Langston, Glen; Ghigo, F., January 1998, American Astronomical Society Meeting 191, #104.01

"Biases in the Analysis of Structures in Interstellar Gas"
Minter, Anthony H.; McMullin, J. P., January 1998, American Astronomical Society Meeting 191, #20.05
         (postscript   pdf)

"The Effects of Thermal Heating Via the Dissipation Of Turbulence on the WIM/DIG"
Minter, Anthony H.; Balser, D. S., June 1997, American Astronomical Society Meeting 190, #06.06

"Transient Radio Source Survey at 8.35 and 14.35 GHz"
Langston, Glen; Minter, Anthony, January 1997, American Astronomical Society Meeting 189, #39.03

"Galactic HI Density Fluctuations on AU and Parsec Scales"
Minter, Anthony H.; Lockman, F. J., January 1997, American Astronomical Society Meeting 189, #17.03

"The Intrinsic Magnetic Field Structure of the Interacting Galaxy Pair V ZW 191"
Minter, Anthony H., June 1996, American Astronomical Society Meeting 188, #06.017

"Heating of the Diffuse Interstellar Medium via Turbulent Wave Dissipation"
Minter, Anthony H.; Spangler, S. R., January 1996, American Astronomical Society Meeting 187, #15.10

"Turbulent Fluctuations in the Interstellar Plasma Density and Magnetic Field"
Minter, Anthony H.; Spangler, S. R., June 1995, American Astronomical Society Meeting 186, #36.05

"Measurements of Turbulence in the ISM Using Faraday Rotation"
Minter, Anthony H.; Spangler, S. R., June 1994, American Astronomical Society Meeting 184, #29.19

"Precision Correction of Radioastronomical Polarization Measurements for Ionspheric Faraday Rotation"
Minter, Anthony H.; Spangler, S. R., June 1992, American Astronomical Society Meeting 180, #09.17

Calvin Ball

Calvin Ball is the fastest growing sport in all of the Greater Green Bank Metropolitan Area and parts of central New Mexico.

For those of you who don't know the rules or lack thereof here is a repeat of the classic rules (i.e. the ones I can remember) and the history behind Calvin Ball.

Calvin Ball originated from Lord Hobbes and The Supreme Ruler of Rulers of the Whole Universe and Everything Beyond, King Calvin not being able to volley very much while playing regular tennis. From this lack of skill Calvin Ball was born. The first mission of Calvin Ball was to free the players from the tyrannical and oppressive rules of "British Rules Tennis", especially its scoring system, the lack of being able to return serves and most importantly the lack of vollies and excitement.

The basic rules of Calvin Ball are as follows:
1. Any rule can be made up or changed at any time.
2. Calvin Ball cannot be called off for any weather condition other than lightning.
3. The ball must cross the net plane at net height.
4. Any ball that stays in the tennis courts is still in play no matter how big the tennis courts are.
5. All serves must be returnable.
6. Each team is permitted three bounces of the Calvin ball before it must cross the net.
7. Members of a team can only hit the Calvin ball once in succession but may pass it back and forth like in volleyball.
8. Scoring is by ones until 5, win by 2.
9. If the ball gets stuck in the fence then two points are awarded since this is a pseudo-remarkable event (see rule 10).
10. Any remarkable event, such as the Calvin ball being hit through the fence, results in an automatic win.
11. Desertion to other teams is allowable only between and before games.
12. No lobbing during hailstorms - yes this is an actual rule that was created from a real Calvin Ball game.
13. No lobbing after twilight unless back-lite by the Milky Way.
Any rule not explicitly covered above shall be under the direct dictatorial dictations of our Supreme Leading of All Things Worth Knowing, Calvin. If the Great Decider of Decisions of Import, Calvin is not present then all players shall revert to historical Calvin and Hobbes cartoons to gain support for their rulings.

The King of Tyrants, the Czar of Kaisers, Lord of Calvin Ball, Calvin.

Green Bank Earth Station

I was also a support scientist for the
Green Bank Earth Station at NRAO in Green Bank working with the Obriting VLBI project. The GBES is currently supporting the HALCA mission until March 1, 2002. Future missions may include the RadioAstron and VSOP2 missions.
Staff | Contact Us | Careers | Directories | Site Map | Help | Policies | Diversity | Search
Last modified: Mon Mar 16 19:18:39 EDT 2009