ALMA Cycle-4 Proposal Submission Statistics

We are happy to note the increased interest ALMA has on the portuguese astronomical community. The latest Call for Proposals closed on the 21st April 2016, and resulted in over 1600 proposals from all over the world, with almost 60 being PI’ed or co-I’ed by researchers working in Portugal. These proposals are distributed over the Science Categories “Cosmology and the high redshift universe”, “Interstellar medium, star formation and astrochemistry”, and “Circumstellar disks, exoplanets and the Solar system”.

This is a robust increase over the submission for Cycle 3, which resulted in 8 proposals with a portuguese participation being accepted.

We will be on the lookout for the outcome of the review process in August.

ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals

The ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals is now open until 21st April 2016. This cycle will run from October 2016 to September 2017.  Check the call webpage for more detailed information including new array capabilities.

Note the menu side bar where one will find key guiding documents and tools such as the Proposer’s Guide, the Proposal Templates, the Observing Tool, a web-based Sensitivity Calculator, or the always helpful ALMA Primer.

Should you need any help, do not hesitate to contact us by any of the available means. Also, stay up to date by subscribing to our mailing list (check bottom left corner in our homepace).

Good luck!

1mm VLBI including ALMA

Dear colleagues,

The call for 1mm Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) proposals to use phased ALMA at Band 6 in Cycle 4, in collaboration with the Event Horizon Telescope Consortium (EHTC), will be released to coincide with the ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals in March 2016. The EHTC is expected to comprise the Submillimeter Array, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the Submillimeter Telescope, the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, the South Pole Telescope, the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano, the IRAM 30m telescope, and an antenna from the Northern Extended Millimeter Array.

The same scientific justification must be submitted in response to the ALMA and VLBI network calls. NRAO will facilitate this for the 1mm VLBI call by having proposers submit a copy of their ALMA Cycle 4 proposal in response to the 1mm VLBI call, approximately one week after the ALMA proposal deadline in April.

Further details, along with technical information for phased ALMA and the EHTC, will be made available with the 1mm VLBI Call for Proposals. It is expected that observing will take place in March or April 2017, when ALMA will be in a compact configuration suitable for efficient phasing.

Regards,
The European ALMA Regional Centre

SV Proposal Call SEPIA Band 9

SEPIA (Swedish ESO PI receiver for Apex) is a new instrument at APEX, the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment. SEPIA is offered in Band 9 (conditional on the anticipated successful commissioning) for a Science Verification (SV) phase. First light has been successfully achieved (Feb 2016) and commissioning will start in April 2016.

The purpose of the Science Verification observations for SEPIA Band 9 is to execute programmes testing a various number of science cases for which the instrument was designed. Those programmes will be chosen also to test the various modes of operation.

The deadline for submission is Friday 11 March 2016, 12:00 CET.

More information in the call webpage.

Portuguese ALMA Community Days 2016

We are glad to announce the Portuguese ALMA Community Days to be held on 14th and 15th March 2016 at the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Science in Oporto.

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME:
— 14th March
11h00—11h30 – “The observatory ALMA” (Hugo Messias)
11h30—12h30 – “From our solar system to the Galactic centre” (Elizabeth Humphreys, ESO)
12h30—14h00 – [Lunch]
14h00—15h00 – “The Extra-galactic Universe and its Cosmology” (Israel Matute)
15h00—15h30 – “Proposing for time and the ALMA Observing Tool
” (Ciro Pappalardo)
15h30—16h00 – “Observation simulations” (Hugo Messias)
16h00—16h20 – [coffee break]
16h20—18h00 – Science discussion — bring your own science case
— 15th March
09h30—11h00 – Face-to-face hands-on: ALMA Observing Tool
11h00—12h30 – Face-to-face hands-on: Observation simulations
12h30—14h00 – [Lunch]
14h00—16h00 – Face-to-face hands-on (general)

FEE: No fee is required.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: [passed]

REQUIREMENTS: If the user is interested to participate in the hands-on sessions, please bring a laptop with the ALMA Observing Tool and the latest CASA version (4.5.2) installed.

SURVEY:

Previous to PACD16, had you thought about ALMA to address your science goals?
yesno

After PACD15, do you now think ALMA can address your science goals?
yesno

Do you feel the presentations were clear and helpful?
yesno

Do you feel the science discussion was helpful?
yesno

Do you feel the hands-on sessions were clear and helpful?
yesno

Are you planing to contact PACE to obtain training with the ALMA Observational Tool (AOT) or CASA simulations (CASAsim)?
AOTCASAsimbothno

Please, write below any comment regarding the above questionnaire or any other issue you feel it should be mentioned about PACD16.

ALMA Cycle 4 pre-announcement

Exciting news for ALMA Cycle 4, which has just been pre-announced. Many new capabilities are now anticipated, such as the use of the Atacama Compact Array alone or ALMA as a VLBI station. Breakthrough science will definitely arise as a result.

On 22nd March 2016, a call will be released, as well as the latest version of the ALMA Observing Tool, with which one will submit proposals until the deadline on 21st April 2016.

More detailed preliminary information on anticipated array capabilities and key dates for Cycle 4 are available here.

For any further information, do not hesitate to contact us by any of the provided contacts.

Good luck!

ALMA Fellowships

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is now offering postdoctoral fellowship positions to join the ALMA science operations group. Fellows will be based in the Santiago Central Office in Chile, with eventual shifts to the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF) near San Pedro de Atacama for real-time interaction with the telescope. Full details here.

Portuguese ALMA Centre of Expertise