ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

ALMA; ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee Telecon meeting Apr 21, 2011



Overview of the contractor and Technical areas at the OSF. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), W. Garnier (ALMA) Acknowledgment: General Dynamics C4 Systems

Information for those calling in.
  • Call date: 2011-04-21 02:00 pm EDT or 18:00 UT (Thursday)
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-888-989-3306
  • Outside USA Number: +1 517 968 4643
  • Passcode: 2935920#
  • Leaders: A. Bolatto, C. Lonsdale

  • Attendees:


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Minutes from that telecon are available.

Discussion Items

  1. Report on ALMA progress at Chile (Wootten)
    • For a recent summary see Science portion of last JAO Report: ALMA JAO Science Report attached at bottom.
    • Previous reports for the project as a whole are at ALMA Monthly Reports.
    • Ten antennas are available: DV01 in pad A137; DV04 in pad J505; DV06 in pad T704; DV07 in pad J510; DV08 in pad T703; DV09 in pad N602; DV10 in pad N606; PM01 in pad T702; PM02 in pad T701; PM03 in pad J504.
    • Birdseye view of the antenna locations.
    • Correlator, Central LO upgrades finished; power and antenna station upgrade in progress.
    • Last night: Weather: pwv started at 2 mm, dropped to 0.7 mm during the night
    • Furthermore at the OSF, DV11 and DV12 are engaged in interferometry as part of the test interferometer (scheduled for today after some reconfiguration). Vertex antennas through 13 and Mitsubish antennas PM01-PM03 have been accepted and are undergoing commissioning or outfitting. The AEM antenna DM41 has just (today) been accepted by ALMA. The first Mitsubishi 7m antenna is scheduled for acceptance very soon.
  2. update on the preparations for ES
    • update on ALMA community day proposals: how many, where, etc (Lonsdale)
  3. update on NA call for ALMA development proposals (Wootten)
  4. ASAC activities
  5. NSF Letter
  6. Astronomer Outreach:
    • NAASC ALMA-related workshop(s) in 2011 (+)
      • Meeting title: "Outflows, Winds and Jets: from Young Stars to Supermassive Black Holes"
      • Committees (SOC) NAASC: Lonsdale, Lacy, Brogan, Kimball; ANASAC: Neufeld, Padgett, Scott, Williams, Wilner; Taiwan: Ho; GBT, EVLA, VLBA: TBD; Chile: TBD (no chair volunteer yet)
  7. Any Other Business
  8. Astronomer Outreach: JAO ALMA Webpages; ALMA Newsletters; ARC-maintained wiki of ALMA science meetings and training events; NRAO eNews; NAOJ News.

Science Corner

Events of Interest

Day Date Time Event location details
1 Jun
ALMA ES Proposals
Archive opens
30 Jun
ALMA ES Proposal Deadline
30 Sept
ASAC ES Commences
5-6 Oct
ASAC f2f

Upcoming Meetings

218th AAS Meeting May 22-26, 2011 Boston, MA

The Molecular Universe May 30 - June 3, 2011 Toledo, Spain

Star Formation through Spectroimaging at High Angular Resolution June 20-24, 2011 Taepei

-- AlWootten - 2011-04-21

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ASAC_Response_April_2011.pdfpdf ASAC_Response_April_2011.pdf manage 35 K 2011-04-21 - 11:58 AlWootten Response to ASAC Report April 2011
ASAC_charges_October2011-3.pdfpdf ASAC_charges_October2011-3.pdf manage 79 K 2011-04-21 - 11:59 AlWootten ASAC Charges for Report to Nov 2011 ALMA Board meeting
ASACreport_March2011_FINAL.pdfpdf ASACreport_March2011_FINAL.pdf manage 120 K 2011-04-21 - 11:57 AlWootten ASAC Report March 2011
Science_-_March_2011.pdfpdf Science_-_March_2011.pdf manage 113 K 2011-04-21 - 12:01 AlWootten March 2011 Science Report
Topic revision: r3 - 2011-04-21, AlWootten
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