ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop
April 15-17, 2015
To date, all Herschel science data in addition to a variety of user-provided data products, are publicly available through the Herschel Science Archive. Meanwhile, the ALMA Science Archive is being populated with observations carried out in the first three ALMA observing Cycles, with more data becoming publicly available by the day. The higher frequency ALMA bands overlap with the lower frequency Herschel bands, and despite the huge difference in spacial resolution, Herschel sources provide ideal targets for ALMA follow up. Furthermore, with more and more ALMA data becoming publicly available every day, the possibilities to further explore these two complementary datasets that cover the fields of planetary, Galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, increase manifold. However, Herschel and ALMA data differ greatly and in order to explore their full potential, the archival users need to be aware not only of the contents of the two archives but of the differences of the datasets, as well.The workshop will focus on the ALMA/Herschel scientific synergies and archival research, with the following goals:
* Provide examples of science cases based on the combined use of Herschel & ALMA data, covering a broad range of astrophysical topics, from star formation to evolved stars to galaxies and cosmology
* Promote mutual awareness of Herschel & ALMA data archive contents
* Show users how to explore, access and visualize Herschel & ALMA data products, including existing quick look data analysis tools
* Enable Herschel & ALMA archival science
* Assist users in the preparation of Cycle 3 ALMA proposals based on existing Herschel data The target audience are all astronomers that have already used data from either of the two facilities and would now want to expand their knowledge to the neighbouring wavelength regime.
The registration in now open. Abstract submission deadline for oral presentations is March 15, 2015. For other participants it is March 31, 2015.
Detailed information is available on our website:
The ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop Organising Committee
22nd January 2015 – Istituto di Radioastronomia Bologna, Italy
organized by the Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre (Bologna,Italy).
Very long baseline interferometry at millimetre/submillimetre wavelengths offers the highest achievable spatial resolution at any wavelength in astronomy and the inclusion of ALMA into a global network will bring unprecedented sensitivity.
This workshop reviews a broad range of science topics allowed by mm-VLBI with ALMA and also discusses the status of the existing and future mm-VLBI networks. This should involve not only current VLBI users but also those who are just becoming interested in this rapidly evolving field.
For further information on logistics and registration, please visit the website: http://www.alma.inaf.it/index.php/Workshop_on_mm-VLBI_with_ALMA
Participants are invited to contribute an oral presentation or a poster. At the workshop there is room for ~ 10 contributed talks (ca. 15 min).
The registration deadline is 1 December 2014.
The ALMA Science Pipeline is now available for download and installation from the ALMA Science Portal. The Pipeline is released as part of a special version of CASA-4.2.2, supported for Red Hat Linux and Mac OSX 10.8. Read more here.
On 25th of August, the article “Herschel-ATLAS and ALMA HATLAS J142935.3-002836, a lensed major merger at redshift 1.027” was published on Astronomy & Astrophysics journal. The research, lead by PACE member Hugo Messias, deals with the nature of a merger of galaxies at z=1.027 as seen by ALMA and other major observational facilities.
A coordinated world-wide press-release was issued by the media departments of institutes involved in this work (including ESO), resulting in a substantial media coverage (see, for example, the articles by El Mundo, CBS news, Forbes, … a compilation of media coverage is presented here).
The German node of the European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) at Bonn university invites applications for a postdoc position in polarization astrophysics.
More information here.
PACE welcomes pre-applications to the 2014 FCT PhD and Post-Doc Fellowship programme. Projects addressing ALMA Science or willing to support PACE activities will be considered by PACE. See more details here or get in touch with us.
The Czech node of the European ALMA Regional Centre offers a research fellowship, funded under the Czech ministry of education project “TYCHO BRAHE”, entitled:
Support of Interferometric (sub)millimetre astronomy projects in the framework of activities of the Czech node of the European ALMA Regional Centre.
Duration: 2 years
More information here.
The Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre offers a post-doctoral research fellowship, funded under the project “iALMA”, entitled:
“Interferometric (sub)millimetre astronomy and mm-VLBI in the framework of the activities of the Italian node of the European network of ALMA Regional Centres”
Duration: 2 years; possible renewal for a third year.
More information here.
For the most curious ones, here is a detailed look into what “QA2” involves. This article describes the implementation of the ALMA data quality assurance system, in particular the level 2 which is based on CASA, and the lessons learned.
It’s official! The Centre of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Lisbon (CAAUL) is now part of the European Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) support structure as a Centre of Expertise (CoE). More information here.