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  • 2006-2-15 14:30 UT
  • Duration: 1 hr
  • USA Toll Free Number: 877-874-1919
  • Toll Number: +1-203-320-9891
  • Passcode: 185064
  • Leader: Al Wootten


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Science IPT notes from last month's telecon are available.

DUSTY04 collection of papers relevant to ALMA.

The AOS TB  Shell Arises The AOS TB Shell Arises

  1. New Business--Project news/updates (Wootten, Wilson, Kawabe)
    • Science IPT Q3 Q4 2005 Quarterly Report
    • ALMA in the FY2007 US Budget Request as proposed by the President
    • Cost Review - The Delta CR Report is in and the NA Cost/Management Review is over. Risk Register
    • ASAC Meeting - The ASAC has met. Among their charges: Review the existing analysis fo the polarization and mosaicing performance of the hybrid ALMA array and consider the priority and timescale for further analysis by the Science IPT. We submitted an estimate of resources needed to the Board.
    • Science Requirements -- The revised document is located in the Science area.
    • Characterization -- de Breuck is new APEX PS and may be able to help.
    • Talks given, meetings minuted, etc.
      • ALMA Update Tuesday Lunch talk Wootten gave Feb7.
      • Talk on Science IPT Given to ASAC and handed to N.American cost/management review.
      • NAWG tomorrow. Links to Jan 2006 URSI talks: Session J3 Room 265 Friday Jan 6 1320 Challenges and New Algorithms for Interferometric Imaging Organizer: S. Myers
    • ASAC FtF meeting was held at U. Md.
  2. New Faces
    • First N.Am ALMA postdoc Tony Remijan started Jan17 2006
    • 19 applications for 2nd ALMA postdoc. Short list has been made, offer to go out today.
  3. JAO Project Scientist Turno now in effect, Wilson in place.
  4. Current Science IPT Schedule (Click for more accurate tabular form)

    Science IPT Schedule

    1. Directories

    Science IPT Group Activity Reports

    Please include your Group Activity Report here (How to Enter Your Report), or email it to AlWootten

    Project Scientists

    1. Science IPT -
      • ASAC, ALMA Reviews
    2. Submillimeter Frequency Protection. The radio astronomy spectrum management community continues to work toward the possibility of extending the frequency allocation tables above 275 GHz. The goal is to create new spectrum allocations for the radio astronomy service that will protect spectral lines of interest to us, up through frequencies as high as 3 THz. We are working within the International Telecommunication Union to facilitate the discussion of extending the allocation tables. The topic is on the agenda for the 2010 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-10). Because those of us who are addressing this issue at the ITU are not submillimeter observers, we are in need of feedback regarding the specific bands of interest. At this time, there is a single document circulating within Working Party 7D (Radio Astronomy) of Study Group 7 (Science Services) of the ITU which contains a list of spectral lines of interest to the radio astronomy service above 275 GHz. The list is in two parts: lines between 275 - 1,000 GHz, which is based upon a list established by the IAU (Table 3.1 of the attached document); and lines of interest between 1,000 - 3,000 GHz, which is mostly based upon line data obtained from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (Table 3.2). At this time, the second list is in need of close scrutiny by the submm community.
      • We would be most appreciative if you were able to take a look at Table 3.2 of the attached ITU document and provide corrections, omissions, or improvements to the lines listed there. Note that the list of spectral lines of interest does not take into account atmospheric windows, since any new allocations may include space-based use of these bands.
      • We would also be most appreciative if you could suggest other submm astronomers who might also be able to provide feedback. Please feel free to circulate the document to colleagues who may be able to provide input, but please ask them to communicate to me any such feedback they may have.
      • Anthony Remijan has taken the lead on this project. Any comments should be sent to him at:
    3. Astronomer Outreach: NRAO Newsletter ESO Newsletter. NRAO ALMA Calendar
    4. Group Activities (all)
    5. Next meeting is on Mar 15th (14:30 UT)

    Emerson/Laing/Vila-Vilaro -- Instrument Scientists

    • System Requirements Review followup tentatively scheduled 27-28 March (conflict with Board meeting week before).

    Conway, Holdaway -- Configuration Group

    Jeff Mangum -- Calibration

    Robert Lucas -- SSR

    • latest SSR meeting (2006-02-08)
    • Offline subsystem user test starting next week
    • Integrated user test now planned for end Feb.-early March (focussed on optical pointing); one week in simulation, one week at ATF.

    Michiel Hogerheijde -- DRSP

    Robert Laing -- Commissioning and Science Verification

    • AIVSVC face-to-face meeting, perhaps in April

    Mark Holdaway/Steve Myers -- Imaging

    L.-A. Nyman -- Site Characterization

    Science Corner:

    Today's Internet Chuckle:

    Design selected for OSF bathroom fixtures. Not.


    Official JAO Calendar New!!

    ALMA Events of Interest

    (see also Al's ALMA Biweekly Calendar)

    Day Date Time Event location details
    Feb 8-9
    All Day
    Vertex PPPDR
    Feb 23
    ALMA Board telecon
    22-24 March
    all day
    ALMA Board Meeting
    13-14 June 2006?
    all day
    AMAC, ALMA Board Meeting
    9-10 November 2006
    all day
    ALMA Board Meeting
    week of 20 March
    all day
    ALMA Board Meeting
    June 2006
    all day
    ALMA Board Meeting
    November 2006
    all day
    ALMA Board Meeting

    Upcoming Meetings

    ASTROBIOLOGY SCIENCE CONVENTION (AbSciCon) 2006 2006 March 26--30 in Washington, D.C.

    American Chemical Society - Special Session on Astrochemistry 2006 March 26--30 in Atlanta, GA

    Complex Molecules in Space: present status and prospects with ALMA May 8 to 11, 2006, Fuglsoecentret, near Aarhus, Denmark


    SPIE 24-31 May, Orlando, Florida

    61st OSU International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, June 19-23, 2006, Columbus Ohio USA

    Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) II November 13-16; Madrid, Spain

    50th anniversary of the founding of NRAO Delayed NRAO wishes to remain 49 a bit longer...; Charlottesville, Virginia

    See also NAASC listing

    -- AlWootten - 09 Feb 2006
Topic revision: r9 - 2010-08-03, ToddHunter
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