PACE at the All-Hands meeting 2019

In the first week of November, PACE participated in the annual meeting of the European ALMA Network, hosted this year by the German ARC Node of Bonn. With the magnificent view of the Rhine valley in Konigswinter, representatives of different European Institutions discussed the status and future plans for ALMA development. After the successful ALMA meeting in Cagliari and with new ideas in mind, the meeting has planned future development for ALMA up to 2030, assuring its role at the forefront of astronomical research.

Group Picture at the Konigswinter garden.

ALMA Director visited PACE

The new ALMA director Dr. Sean Dougherty, appointed in February 2018, visited the Portuguese ALMA Center of Expertise at the end of October.

Dougherty is a renowned radio astronomer, former director of the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, and Canada’s national radio astronomy facility. He also led the construction and delivery of the WIDAR correlator for the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) and is currently leading the international consortium designing the correlator-beam former for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).

During his visit PACE members had the opportunity to show our current activities and a brief summary of the past achievements and future challenges. In the afternoon the Director gave a plenary talk at the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, explaining to the audience the successes and the new science opened in the last 10 years by this fantastic facility.

The ALMA Director Dr. Sean Dougherty just behind some of the array antennas in Atacama.

ALMA-ACA Supplemental Call for Proposals

A Supplemental Call for ACA telescopes is open to use standard observing modes, as allowed for ACA stand-alone proposals in the Main Call. Proposals may request to use the 7-­m array only or the 7­-m array plus Total Power array.

All proposals accepted in the Cycle 7 Supplemental Call will receive priority Grade “C” and will have lower observing priority than ACA proposals accepted in the Cycle 7 Main Call.

The ALMA Cycle 7 proposal submission deadline is 15:00 UT on Tuesday, 1 October 2019.

ALMA Cycle 7 is currently scheduled from October 2019 to September 2020. Proposals accepted in the Supplemental Call will be scheduled for observations between January 2020 and September 2020. Further details can be found on the ESO website.

ALMA-related contract opportunity in PACE

Portuguese nationals, foreign and stateless persons may submit applications to this selection procedure, provided they hold a doctoral degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics or akin areas, have specialised skills and/or expertise in the field of galaxy formation and evolution, and fully comply with the following requirements:

a) The PhD must have been granted at least 3 years ago.

b) Demonstrated scientific and/or professional experience in the area of galaxy formation and evolution, namely the identification and characterization of their AGN activity;

c) The candidate must also have a significant experience in the obtaining, processing and analysis of ALMA observations;

Details about the position available here:

http://www.iastro.pt/ia/jobDetails.html?ID=120

PACE members at the IAU Symposium in Viana do Castelo.

PACE Members attended the IAU Symposium “Uncovering early galaxy evolution in the ALMA and JWST era”, hosted in  Viana do Castelo, Portugal, from 3-7 June 2019.

This symposium brought together community of theoretical and observational experts to discuss how we can make the most of ALMA and JWST synergies in advancing our understanding of galaxy evolution in the young Universe during the next decade.

PACE members presented various posters, fostering the discussion about possible synergies between ALMA and future facilities in construction or soon available for the scientific community.

The Official Poster of the event.

A polarization workshop for PACErs

PACE member participated in the Polarization Workshop, held in Garching in the last week of May. Experts from the European ALMA Regional Center Network meet at ESO to discuss and improve the procedure to validate ALMA data observed in full polarization mode, a challenging observing technique offered by the ALMA observatory in the past Cycles. The workshop will trigger a more efficient and thorough analysis for such type of data, increasing the more and more the scientific impact of ALMA in the field of Observational Astrophysics.

Workshop participants discussing about polarization during the social dinner.

SPARCS Meeting in Lisbon

On the second week of May ended the 9th SKA Pathfinder Radio Continuum Survey Group (SPARCS) meeting, which took place in Lisbon, between the 6th and 10th May 2019.
The aim of the meeting was to coordinate developments of techniques for radio data analysis and to help in the choice of area, depth, location on the sky, and other parameters, future and ongoing surveys. PACE members have been heavily involved in the meeting, participating in the discussion, and presenting their results.

First Results from the Event Horizon Telescope. Press Conference on 10th of April

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration will present the groundbreaking results on 10 April 2019 in simultaneous press conferences worldwide.

The EU conference will be streamed online on the ESO website, by the ERC, and on social media. Questions will also be taken from social media using the hashtag #AskEHTeu.

A total of six major press conferences will be held simultaneously around the globe in Belgium (Brussels, English), Chile (Santiago, Spanish), Shanghai (Mandarin), Japan (Tokyo, Japanese), Taipei (Mandarin), and USA (Washington, D.C., English).

The goal of the observations was to image, for the very first time, the shadow of the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, as well as to study the properties of the accretion and outflow around the Galactic Centre. The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array the world’s most sensitive facility for millimeter/submillimeter astronomical observations, and plays a key role in the EHT network.

More details in the ESO dedicated page.

This infographic illustrates how ALMA contributes to the EHT observations. With its shorter baseline, ALMA is sensitive to larger scales than the EHT and so ALMA can fill in the lower-resolution, larger-scale structures that the EHT misses.
Credit: NRAO

Cycle 7 Call for Proposals

The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) and the partner organizations in East Asia, Europe, and North America, is pleased to announce the ALMA Cycle 7 Call for Proposals (CfP) for scientific observations to be scheduled from October 2019 to September 2020. It is anticipated that 4300 hours of the 12-m Array time and 3750 hours of the Atacama Compact Array (ACA) time, also known as the Morita Array, will be available for successful proposals from Principal Investigators (PIs) in Cycle 7.

ALMA Cycle 7 proposal submission will open at

15:00 UT on Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The Cycle 7 proposal submission deadline is

15:00 UT on Wednesday, 17 April 2019

For further details visit the ALMA Science Portal.

Portuguese ALMA Centre of Expertise