ALMA in Cycle 5 - Capabilities, updates, and support from the Nordic ARC node
Astronomy and astrophysics
Friday 24 March 2017
to 11:30 at
Ivan Marti-Vidal (Chalmers Tekniska Högskola)
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is the most powerful instrument of its kind, allowing continuum and spectral line observations between 84 to 950 GHz, at a angular resolution from a few arcsec up to milli-arcsecond scale. In Cycle 5, ALMA will offer up to approx. 50% more observing time than in the current cycle. The telescope will observe with at least 43 antennas, in line and continuum polarisation, and with baselines up to 16 km. As in the current cycle, solar observations and observations with the Atacama Compact Array (ACA) as a stand-alone instrument will be offered. ALMA makes millimeter and submillimeter interferometry accessible to the entire astronomy community, regardless of the expertise. In particular in Europe, the network of ALMA nodes offers extraordinary support for users. The goal of the Nordic ARC node is to provide individualised support to Nordic ALMA projects - from project preparation and proposal submission to data reduction and analysis. We offer regular helpdesk support, face-to-face visits, and direct online support. In this seminar we will summarise ALMA and the Cycle 5 capabilities, updates to the proposal preparation and submission tool, and introduce the support we are offering the community in preparing successful proposals. The speaker will be available before and after the seminar for direct face-to-face support at the institute.