ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

  • 2012 ALMA Review Panel members visit the SCO.:

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2012-10-18 02:00 pm EDT or 18:00 UT (Thursday (Friday in Taipei))
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-866-600-8836
  • Outside USA Number: +1 203 480 8549
  • Passcode: 3283890#
  • Leaders: J. Carpenter (D. Scott), 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. NAASC is advertising for a postdoctoral Fellow. NRAO is seeking applicants for Jansky Fellow. 23 applications were received for the JAO Fellow position in ALMA SCO.
  2. Construction Status (Wootten)
    • See NRAO eNews
    • 43 antennas at the AOS, 47 antennas accepted by AIV have tasted the thin AOS air.
    • AOS Roads: All 67km completed
    • Band 6 cartridge production finished.
    • Correlator upgraded to four-quadrant operation (32 inputs currently, eventually 64 inputs)
    • Band 5 commissioning successfully completed. Still some issues to obtain a full spectral checkout due to some limitations in the LO.
    • Band 4 phase closure was achieved
  3. Operations (Hibbard)
    • Science Operations Section of August report, from DSO
    • Monthly Reports for previous months.
    • Cycle 0 Status:
      • An update on ALMA Cycle 0 observing status was recently posted as a news item on the ALMA Science Portal
      • Loss of Session 23 (Oct 3-9) due to construction activities (4th Q of correlator; permanent power supply). Session 24 started yesterday. Looks like band7 weather.
      • As of Oct 18: 275 (74%) of 373 Highest Priority SBs nominally completed (still need to pass QA2); 168 (45%) passed QA2 & delivered to PIs. 21 (55%) of 38 NA projects have some data delivered. 10 (26%) NA projects finished.
      • ARC-based data has accelerated in the past months. Latencies being reduced: ARCs may now approve QA2 pass & delivery to PI; active focus on assigning all completed datasets. Band9 data reduction still can be quite problematic. Fail rate ~2x higher than other bands.
      • Data reducers may now discuss marginal QA2 pass/fail cases with PI's and share screens/jpgs (may not be used by PIs until data are delivered)
      • NAASC will send emails to PIs who's projects got observations after each of the remaining observing sessions
    • Cycle 1 Status: technical assessments on-going. F2f next week in Santiago.
  4. NAASC during Early Science (Lonsdale)
    • People
      • New AD of NA ALMA Operations: Phil Jewell
      • ALMA postdoc applictions (at NAASC) accepted until 30 Nov.
    • What is happening at the NAASC?
    • Meetings upcoming with ALMA or NAASC-related components (see below)
      • Special Session 'ALMA Early Science Commences' approved for AAS Jan 2013 (Long Beach, CA). Contributed abstracts have been accepted; see below.
  5. ALMA Development (Wootten)
  6. ASAC activities (ASAC members)
    • There was a f2f 8-9 Oct. Materials from presentations.
  7. Astronomer Outreach (Lonsdale, Wootten)
  8. Date of next telecon
    • 8 Nov 2012
  9. Other Business

Science Corner

  1. Outflow Structure and Velocity Field of Orion Source I: ALMA Imaging of SiO Isotopologue Maser and Thermal Emission Florian Niederhofer, Elizabeth Humphreys, Ciriaco Goddi
  2. ALMA and VLA Observations of Recombination Lines and Continuum toward the Becklin-Neugebauer object in Orion Roberto Galvan-Madrid (1), Ciriaco Goddi (1), Luis F. Rodriguez (2,3) ((1) ESO-Garching, (2) CRyA-UNAM, (3) KAU)

Events of Interest

18 Oct
ANASAC Telecon
28-31 Oct
Molecular Spectroscopy in the Era of Far-IR Astronomy Workshop
Emory University
22-25 Oct
Annual ALMA Review
8 Nov
ANASAC Telecon
Cycle 1 Results
13-15 Dec
ALMA Science Meeting

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

  1. ALMA Science Meetings
  2. ALMA Training Events
  3. Upcoming NA Meetings

-- AlWootten - 2012-10-14
Topic attachments
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SciOps_August2012_v1-KT-JH.pdfpdf SciOps_August2012_v1-KT-JH.pdf manage 220 K 2012-10-18 - 13:17 JohnHibbard Science Operations section of September 2012 ALMA report, from DSO
2012ARPMeetingtake3.jpgjpg 2012ARPMeetingtake3.jpg manage 1 MB 2012-10-17 - 16:48 AlWootten 2012 ALMA Review Panel members visit the SCO.
ANASAC_SIS_Foundry_Proposal.pdfpdf ANASAC_SIS_Foundry_Proposal.pdf manage 598 K 2012-10-17 - 10:15 AlWootten NA SIS Foundry Proposal
ANASAC-_Proposed_ALMA_Development_-_SIS.pdfpdf ANASAC-_Proposed_ALMA_Development_-_SIS.pdf manage 295 K 2012-10-18 - 14:18 AlWootten SIS
Cosmic_Dawns_ALMA_Early_Science_Commences_Contributed_Abstracts.pdfpdf Cosmic_Dawns_ALMA_Early_Science_Commences_Contributed_Abstracts.pdf manage 76 K 2012-10-17 - 16:27 AlWootten AAS 221 ALMA Special Session Abstracts
Topic revision: r9 - 2012-10-18, AlWootten
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