1. ALMA progress (A. Wootten)
Thank Darryl Emerson for his many years of innovation. Retiring
soon. Welcome Park and Thornberg to the project. Thank Baker, Shang,
Williams rotating out of committee. New spectrum of IRAS 16293. Trying
Solar interferometric observations, but didn't work.
Sixth block of ES programs staring on Monday, but
release of fire extinguishing gas on correlator room. Waiting to
replenish it. Using the total power observing and ACA correlator
(maybe, it requires subarray mode to be commissioned). 26th antennas
(soon 27) at the high site. There is a EU antenna going up before the
end of the month (perhaps also a 7m). Last night 19 antennas were
available for observing (but not the correlator). 22nd NA antenna
being assembled. EPO filming at site.
Operations: complexity of ES proposals was high. Problems with throughput.
One NA project sent to the user. Several more at the JAO (3 more).
Carol, Kartik, and Ed at Chile. Questionnaire results. 17 apps for student
support, 13 supported as recommended by the support committee.
One NA project has been sent to the PI.
Comments about the size of the first dataset (>400 GB).
Radio familiarity of PIs is hard to gauge.
Taiwanese proposers were supposed to choose EA or NA, not clear why both are listed
in list of highest priority objects.
Breakdown of proposers/successful PIs by state would help decide on
continuing with community day events.
Cycle 1 lookahead. Mitigation strategies for slow throughput. Extension
of cycle 1 by a few months proposed. Partial delivery of data to projects
(per science goal). Good completion of cycle 0 projects (band 9 challenging)
anticipated if deadline is extended.
Feedback from PI on priority? Yes, as part of phase 2 and making
of the schedule blocks.
Discussion ensues about partial observation of projects, extension of
cycle 0, etc. ASAC has endorsed the plan.
Decision will be done by the board next week.
Doing phase 2 for third batch of projects (those in extended configuration).
Data reduction workshop in early December (>29 participants) with hands on experience
using the cluster at NRAO. Not yet plans for a second one.
Internal single-dish data workshop held a few days earlier, hosted at NAASC
Community day events at Maryland, Berkeley upcoming.
AAS plans: town hall highlighting science with instrument capabilities
on the 10th Jan, ALMA specific on the 11th, another EVLA+VLBA on the 12th.
Some discussion of bands 4 and 8 in the ACA being dropped for cycle 1. Solar observing
also dropped (not tested). Polarization also dropped.
Time spent refining the long configurations (1 km) and understanding the
total power+ACA folding with the other interferometric data.
ALMA development: FAQ ready. Notice of intent responded by 30.
Proposals are due on Feb 12th.
ACTION ITEM for ANASAC: list of reviewers (10).
ALMA development steering commit
tee set up in Oct 11. A list of items
has already been submitted to the board. NA needs to produce a list
of developments soon!! The VLBI proposal from NSF has apparently already been
approved, as have an EU proposal for putting together a consortium for complete set of
band 5 receivers, and a fiber connection to Calama for data
transport (hefty proposal, board approved going further with investigating
Terms of reference for the ADSC? No minutes to the ASAC?
Timeline set by need to spend money by a certain time or risk losing it.
wants to hire a development manager.
Plans for cycle 1 proposals:
Discussion ensues about the plans for technical evaluation of cycle 1 proposals.
Current plan is to only evaluate technically proposals after science evaluation.
There are plans for enlarging the panels and mixing them up.
3. ASAC activities.
See report attached to agenda.
4. Future telecons
Planned dates for future telecon: please send feedback. Telecon time:
there is interest in moving the telecons to 2 or 3 hours later than
the traditional time. For January, 4pm will be used. Please comment.