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  • 2006-12-19 14:30 UT Please check your local time; it may have changed!
  • 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 in the agenda in red.

ALMA Observes The VxRSI SEF construction is in full swing. Photo by Sakamoto.

  1. New Business--Project news/updates (Wootten, Wilson, Kawabe)
  2. Standard documents
  3. JAO Project Scientist Turno now in effect transitioned to Wootten. Project Scientist News.
  4. New people
    • Heads of Administration, Science Operations, Technical Services, Project Scientist plans.
    • Jeff Wagg, postdoc in Socorro.
  5. Current Science IPT Schedule.
  6. Directories
    • Science IPT Directory All contributors to ALMA Science IPT (Sept06). This was recently updated. Please send AW any corrections or changes. * Please update your information for the new edition.
    • ALMA Directory ALMA Directory v3.0
    • ALMA JAO Directory ALMA JAO Directory

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 -
  2. Operations Working Group documents are available. Status Report. Development Wish List section for written expansion or comment.
  3. Astronomer Outreach: NRAO Newsletter ESO Newsletter NAOJNews. NRAO ALMA Calendar
  4. ARCs.
  5. Group Activities (all)
  6. Next meeting is on Jan 17th (14:30 UT). 21 Feb and 21 March for the following months.

Emerson/Laing/Vila-Vilaro -- Instrument Scientists

Conway, Holdaway -- Configuration Group

  • The Technical specifications and SOW for the IFB for the AOS Road network design have been contracted. A contractor will be on the site 7 August to begin design. A design for road and fiber network at the high site is expected in September. Design of the extended array should occur during October-November.
  • New Configuration submitted for approval Passed CCB.
  • Y+ configuration now under design by Holdaway.
  • Proposed ACA Configuration approved.
  • ArrayCenter shows photos of the region of the center of the Array.

Jeff Mangum -- Calibration

  • Calibration Plan: Current version of the calibration plan and associated documents ("examples", "roadmaps", "matrices", etc.) posted. Comments welcome.
  • Calibration Examples: The "meat" of the Calibration Plan. Review of these documents nearly complete.
  • Ancillary Calibration Devices: Documents which describe the weather station and temperature profile technical specifications have been developed. RFQ packets going out to vendors, with likely responses by end of January 2007. NOTE: I need suggested vendors for the temperature profiler.

Robert Lucas -- SSR

  • Latest SSR meeting (2006-12-13)
  • Many of us attended the Alma Science Meeting
  • Holography control software is completed and tested at the ATF; being used for Science tests right now
  • Development of Single Field Interferometry is now the main focus.
  • Science Archive detailed requirements are to be reviewed very soon in the SSR.

Michiel Hogerheijde -- DRSP

  • The update to DRSP 2.0 is well under way. So far I have received 50 project descriptions, including 17 new ones. I have reminded the coordinators of 8 science areas (out of a total of 22), that I have not received any input from them yet. I hope to have their input within 2 weeks. Update: some input still pending. I will follow up on this soon.

  • On the same time line I will approach about 10-15 persons from ASAC, ESAC, ANASAC, and JSAC to review 5-10 projects EACH by the end of November. The projects will be made available on the DRSP web site. I still aim for a initial report on the DRSP update by the end of the year. Update: I am running behind with this. I will get to this within the next week, but the final DRSP 2.0 is likely to be delayed until early 2007.

Robert Laing -- Commissioning and Science Verification

Mark Holdaway/Steve Myers, Reid -- Imaging

L.-A. Nyman -- Site Characterization

Remijan, Markwick-Kemper -- ALMA Working Group on Spectral Line Frequencies

Andrew J. Markwick-Kemper (AJMK) presented Splatalogue - the Spectral Line Database for Molecular Spectroscopy, at the Molecular databases for Herschel, ALMA and SOFIA meeting from 6 Dec 2006 through 8 Dec 2006 in Leiden. On 12/11/06 AJMK and TR had a conference call to discuss the topics of the meeting. Some of the results from the meeting were:
  • 3/30 of the presented talks had anything to do with databases. Of these talks, Splatalogue was very well received by the astronomical community as a necessity for ALMA, Herschel and SOFIA. Work should continue bringing together the lab and astronomical community by the AWGSLF.
  • Very little time was left for discussion at the Leiden meeting and as a consequence, the question was asked if another meeting on this topic should be scheduled. AJMK and TR, along with JH and CC, think the next meeting on this topic should be organized by the AWGSLF and discuss the progress of Splatalogue. The meeting date should be sometime next Fall.
  • The question was raised if NRAO should contribute to a data analysis tool for spectral line observers. AJMK and TR feel that we should not develop a tool from scratch but provide support to existing tools such as the one developed by Brian Drouin at JPL. Comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
  • Finally, AJMK reported that from that participants of the meeting, support from ALMA and NRAO for this database was almost non-existent. AJMK reports that the impression from the participants at the meeting is that ALMA was "hostile" toward these types of efforts (tools, databases, etc). We don't know why this is the case but as the AWGSLF continues to reach out to the lab community, hopefully this concern will be alleviated.

Update of Splatalogue:

  • Public release is still slated for the beginning of the year.
  • We are approaching ~50% of the species being "resolved".
  • Mirror database set up in Charlottesville. Plans for the data transfer will occur at the beginning of the next year. The interfaces have been set up for both the Manchester and NRAO sites.

The final report from the Pasadena meeting can be found here:Final Report

  • The European Space Agency is organizing an international workshop Astronomical Spectroscopy and the Virtual Observatory at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC). The main goal of the workshop is to outline needs and challenges that astronomical spectroscopy will be facing in the coming years, and to identify how the unique capabilities intrinsic to the Virtual Observatory concept can meet them. To achieve this goal, the workshop will bring together experts in different branches of astronomical spectroscopy and scientists and engineers active in the VO international endeavor.

Science Corner:


Official JAO Calendar New!!

ALMA Events of Interest

(see also Al's ALMA Biweekly Calendar)

Day Date Time Event location details
Dec 6
ASAC Telecon
Dec 6-7
all day
ACA correlator CDR
Dec 7
ALMA Board Telecon
Dec 14
all day
LLC and LO Photonic Rx DR
Dec 20
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon
Dec 29
ANASAC Telecon
Jan 3
ASAC Telecon
Jan 16-17 '07
all day
Transporter FDR
Jan 17
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon
Jan 18
ALMA Board Telecon
Jan 24-5
all day
PSI Review
Jan 30-1
all day
AEM antenna PPDR
Feb 6-7
all day
B9 Cartridge CDR
Feb 7
ASAC Telecon
Feb 15
ALMA Board Telecon
Feb 21
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon

Upcoming Meetings

Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) II November 13-17; Madrid, Spain

Molecular databases for Herschel, ALMA and SOFIA 6 Dec 2006 through 8 Dec 2006 Leiden, Netherlands

Fourth Chilean School of Astrophysics--Interferometry in the Epoch of ALMA and VLTI 4-8 December 2006, Santiago, Chile

AAS Meeting 5-10 Jan, 2007, Seattle, Washington

Asian Radio Astronomy Winter School January 22-26, 2007 National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan


Astrophysical Masers and their Environments 2007 March 12-16, Alice Springs, Australia

Astronomical Spectroscopy and the Virtual Observatory March 21-23, Villafranca del Castillo, Villanueva de la CaƱada, close to Madrid

Frontiers of Astrophysics, a Celebration of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's 50th Anniversary", June 18-21, 2007, Charlottesville.

Transformational Science with ALMA: Through Disks to Stars and Planets June 22-24, 2007, Cville

USNC URSI 9-14 July, Albuquerque, NM

Astrophysics in the Next Decade: JWST and Concurrent Facilities. September 24-27, 2007, Tucson Arizona

See also NAASC listing

-- AlWootten - 13 Dec 2006
Topic revision: r4 - 2010-08-03, ToddHunter
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