ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

ALMA; ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee Telecon meeting May 18, 2012

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  • PM03, a lonely sentinel 2. km from the main array, tests long baseline phase correction.:

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2012-05-18 04:00 pm EDT or 20:00 UT (Friday)
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-866-600-8836
  • Outside USA Number: +1 203 480 8549
  • Passcode: 3283890#
  • Leaders: R. Osten (D. Calzetta), A. Wootten, C. Lonsdale

  • Attendees:


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Minutes from that meeting are not available.
  2. New Business under Discussion.

Discussion Items

  1. Report on ALMA progress at Chile (Wootten)
    • Construction -
      • Dear ALMA colleagues,
        • I would like to inform you that I will be leaving my post as ALMA director when my contract expires in early 2013, after the inauguration. The search for a new director will already begin soon as is customary for these international recruitment processes.
      • Thijs de Graauw
      • ALMA Director
      • We mourn the passing of NAOJ astronomer Koh-Ichiro Morita, in Santiago.
      • Science_-_April_2012.pdf: Science section of April Report, from R. Hills.
      • Current Status: 33 antennas at AOS; 61 antennas including kits on site, 41 accepted, 48 Front Ends delivered.
      • Band 4, Band 8, Band 10 Change Requests
    • Operations (Hibbard)
      • Early Science Progress
        • 69 datasets delivered to about 25 PIs overall; 12 American PIs have delivered data.
        • List of highest ranked projects
        • Project Tracker thought to be ready for deployment by ~end of June. Becomes visible for PI's (and coIs?) of ALMA projects & lists status of all SBs submitted to the archive: Phase2 Subitted; Ready; Wait; Fully observed (=ready for QA2); Verified (passed QA2).
        • B/c PT and archive not ready, project is creating a html table in the Science Portal to list Cycle 0 data deliveries.
        • What information on ALMA do you feel you are not getting? Please give us a top five and we'll fashion a FAQ. ( Action Item )
        • ARC-based data reduction started in early April. We have accepted 13 Datasets (3 just yesterday). 4 delivered. 2 awaiting resolution of labeling issue. 4 need more executions.
      • Cycle 1 Lookahead
        • More than 750 "Notice of Intents" were received. From this, JAO predicts > 1200 proposals. For ARP membership, will plan on something higher (like 1500 or more)
        • Last OT load test worked great. OT undergoing some last minute mods (validation for SGs with multiple velocities). No show stoppers.
        • Advanced drafts of Cycle1 documents out for review, including ASAC: Call for Proposals; Proposers Guide/Capabilities; Early Science Primer; Technical Handbook; Guide to ARCs. Soon to come: OT Quickstart & Videos (awaiting OT with final "look & feel")
        • Call expected 31 May 2012. Deadline expected to be 12 July 2012.
        • Observations expected to start after completion of Cycle 0 (Jan 2013)
  2. NAASC during Early Science
  3. ASAC activities (ASAC members)
    • Recent Agenda, 9 May. I think JAO has blocked this to non-members again.
    • The ASAC report is attached.
  4. Astronomer Outreach (Lonsdale, Wootten)
    • NAASC ALMA-related workshop(s) in 2012-3 (see below) ( AI )
  5. Date of next telecon
    • 22 Jun 2012 ?
  6. Other Business
  7. Astronomer Outreach: JAO ALMA Webpages; ALMA Newsletters; ARC-maintained wiki of ALMA science meetings and training events; NRAO eNews; NAOJ News.

Science Corner

  1. A thirdALMA SV data paper has appeared:
    • [CII] line emission in massive star-forming galaxies at z=4.7 J. Wagg et al.

Events of Interest

22 Jun
ANASAC Telecon
13 Jul
ANASAC Telecon

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

  1. 2012

-- AlWootten - 2012-05-09
  • PM03, a lonely sentinel 2. km from the main array, tests long baseline phase correction.:
    PM03 site P1040664.JPG

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ALMA_Development_RankedSummaryANASAC.pdfpdf ALMA_Development_RankedSummaryANASAC.pdf manage 40 K 2012-05-18 - 15:16 AlWootten North American Proposals for Development Upgrade Studies for ALMA
ASACreport_March2012_FINAL-1.pdfpdf ASACreport_March2012_FINAL-1.pdf manage 158 K 2012-05-09 - 15:57 AlWootten ASAC Report April 2012
Band10_ASAC_2012.pdfpdf Band10_ASAC_2012.pdf manage 648 K 2012-05-18 - 15:40 AlWootten Band 10 CRE REH for ASAC
Band4ChangeRequest.txttxt Band4ChangeRequest.txt manage 2 K 2012-05-18 - 15:35 AlWootten Band 4 CRE
PM03_site_P1040664.JPGJPG PM03_site_P1040664.JPG manage 306 K 2012-05-09 - 15:55 AlWootten PM03, a lonely sentinel 2. km from the main array, tests long baseline phase correction.
Topic revision: r10 - 2012-06-21, AlWootten
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