ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

  • 2012 ALMA Review Panel members visit the SCO.:
    2012ARPMeetingtake3.jpg

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:

Topics

  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

2012
 
 
 
 
 
18 Oct
2012
 
ANASAC Telecon
 
 
28-31 Oct
2012
 
Molecular Spectroscopy in the Era of Far-IR Astronomy Workshop
Emory University
 
22-25 Oct
2012
 
Annual ALMA Review
SCO
 
8 Nov
2012
 
ANASAC Telecon
 
 
midNov
2012
 
Cycle 1 Results
 
 
13-15 Dec
2012
 
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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ANASAC_SIS_Foundry_Proposal.pdfpdf ANASAC_SIS_Foundry_Proposal.pdf manage 598 K 2012-10-17 - 10:15 AlWootten NA SIS Foundry Proposal
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
2012ARPMeetingtake3.jpgjpg 2012ARPMeetingtake3.jpg manage 1 MB 2012-10-17 - 16:48 AlWootten 2012 ALMA Review Panel members visit the SCO.
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
ANASAC-_Proposed_ALMA_Development_-_SIS.pdfpdf ANASAC-_Proposed_ALMA_Development_-_SIS.pdf manage 295 K 2012-10-18 - 14:18 AlWootten SIS
Topic revision: r9 - 2012-10-18, AlWootten
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