ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

ALMA; ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee Telecon meeting Aug 11, 2011

AOS Seventeen

Seventeen antennas are shown in place at the AOS 7 August. Seventeen antennas operated in an array on 6/7 August. (136 baselines) including twelve North American antennas, four East Asian antennas and one European antenna! Photo by Jaime Guarda c ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2011-08-11 02:00 pm EDT or 18:00 UT (Thursday)
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-888-989-3306
  • Outside USA Number: +1 517 968 4643
  • Passcode: 2935920#
  • Leaders: A. Bolatto, C. Lonsdale

  • Attendees:
starred Fall 2011 ANASAC Meeting, Charlottesville, VA starred


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Minutes from that telecon are available.
  2. New Business under Discussion.

Discussion Items

  1. Report on ALMA progress at Chile (Wootten)
  2. Progress toward Early Science
  3. SV Data examination experience (feedback from committee members)
  4. NAASC during Early Science
    • J. Hibbard attended f2f meeting of SciOpsIPT Aug 1-5. (Hibbard)
      • Proposal technical assessment complete, science assessment wrapping up. I may comment on TA & SA instructions.
      • Change in configuration schedule
      • Plans for generation of Ph2 products
      • JAO & EU would like ALMA meeting in Chile next year (summer or Fall 2012) specific to ALMA
    • ALMA Development
      • Shep Doeleman reports that the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) proposal to the NSF to phase up ALMA for VLBI has been recommended by the Astronomy division for full funding.
      • The Call for ALMA Development Studies documents have received discussion at NSF; some revisions are under way.
      • European Development Studies on upgrade options for ALMA B9 and on preparations for B5 full production are reaching conclusion at the end of 2011.
      • A NA ALMA Software Development Workshop has been scheduled (see below).
      • Board-Approved ALMA Development Principles
      • ALMA EA development workshop meeting on September 8th in the NAOJ Mitaka campus
  5. ANASAC Charges
    • Discussions have begun on a Charge: 'The ANASAC is asked to comment on the scientific advantages of resiting ALMA Band 1 in frequency from 31.3-45 GHz to e.g. 34-53 GHz. Please note scientific advantages for the locations of the upper and lower edges of the band. Note that a paper on science goals of Band 1 is available in arXiv:0910.1609.'
  6. ASAC activities
  7. Astronomer Outreach:
    • Report on Technical Assessment workshop (Wootten)
    • NAASC ALMA-related workshop(s) in 2011 (+)
    • ALMA Software Development Workshop
      • Oct 12-14, 2011, Charlottesville
    • ESO-supported Planned Meetings of ALMA interest
      • Astrophysics in the ALMA Era: First ALMA Early Science Results from ESO Member States
      • Astrochemistry in the ALMA Era
  8. Any Other Business
  9. Astronomer Outreach: JAO ALMA Webpages; ALMA Newsletters; ARC-maintained wiki of ALMA science meetings and training events; NRAO eNews; NAOJ News.

Science Corner

  1. The ALMA Observation Support Tool
  2. JCMT Board Statement
  3. IRAM MOU signed for NOEMA

Events of Interest

Day Date Time Event location details
15-17 Aug
Cycle 0 Panel Meetings
28-29 Sept
ANASAC Meeting
30 Sept
ES Commences
5-6 Oct
ASAC f2f
3-6 Mar
Science Workshop

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

Star Formation through Spectroimaging at High Angular Resolution June 20-24, 2011 Taipei

Sixth NAIC/NRAO School on Single Dish Radio Astronomy Jul 10 - 16, 2011 Green Bank, WV

The Milky Way in the Herschel Era: towards a Galaxy-scale view of the Star Formation Life-cycle Mon, September 19 – Fri, September 23, Rome

Formation and Development of Molecular Clouds - prospects for high resolution spectroscopy with CCAT 5-7 October 2011, Cologne, Germany

Signposts of Planets Oct 18-20, GSFC, Maryland

Workshop on Astrochemistry: An Interstellar Heritage for Solar System Materials? Mon, December 5, 2011 – Fri, December 9, 2011 Leiden

Cosmic Masers: From OH to Ho, IAU Symposium 287 January 29 - February 3 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Outflows, Winds and Jets: from Young Stars to Supermassive Black Holes 2012 Sat, March 3, 2012 – Tue, March 6, 2012 Charlottesville, Va

-- AlWootten - 2011-07-29

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Principles_for_the_ALMA_Development_Program.pdfpdf Principles_for_the_ALMA_Development_Program.pdf manage 230 K 2011-08-10 - 17:26 AlWootten ALMA Development Principles
Science_-_July_2011.pdfpdf Science_-_July_2011.pdf manage 89 K 2011-08-10 - 17:24 AlWootten July 2010 Science report
Topic revision: r11 - 2011-09-13, AlWootten
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