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  • 2007-2-21 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
  • Attendees: Emerson, Hunter, Vila-vilaro, Sekimoto, Hills, Reid, Brogan, Fomalont, Hogerheijde


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Science IPT notes from last month's telecon are in the agenda in blue.

First ALMA Fringes Beacon interferometry: First ALMA fringes on 2007 Feb 9. See other images and animations.

  1. New Business--Project news/updates (Wootten, Laing, Kawabe)
  2. Standard documents
  3. JAO Project Scientist Turno now in effect transitioned to Wootten.
  4. Current Science IPT Schedule.
  5. 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 -
    • AEM PPDR (Hills) * AEM PPDR--RIDs addressed, some problems unresolved in metrology. Needs to be demonstrated. Predictions are that it will meet all requirements without metrology except in winds above 7 m/s. Relies on inclinometers, existing ones don't meet FS requirements.Report of Panel * VxRSI PPDR--have not seen report.
    • Band 9 Review (Laing at Herschel meeting) * Review went pretty well; some questions on cross-polarization specifications but the noise performance looked good.
    • SidebandSeparation
    • "PSI/ATF Workshop" PSI Workshop Jan 2007 Presentations If you read only one, read Peter Napier's.
    • ATF: As per discussions with Mangum the current schedule is below. Please let Al and Debra know if anyone has any issues with this.
Day Event
12 - 24 Feb
OPT validation on AEC antenna; then VxRSI. Mangum, Emerson
Astronomical fringes to be obtained, followed by holography acceptance

    • Face-to-face JAO IPT meeting in 2007 Mar 9-12.
  1. Astronomer Outreach: NRAO Newsletter ESO Newsletter NAOJNews. NRAO ALMA Calendar
  2. ARCs.
  3. Group Activities (all)
  4. Next meeting is on Mar 21st (14:30 UT). 18 April for the following month.

Emerson/Laing/Vila-Vilaro -- Instrument Scientists

  • PSI at the ATF: Schedule, holography progress wiki. pointing progress wiki Daily Logs Kudos to Darrel and his merry men for the outstanding job they have done with holography and the preparation for using it on the production antennas; Jeff and Darrel are now working on pointing, first of the AEC antenna and then of the Vertex antenna.

Conway, Holdaway -- Configuration Group

Jeff Mangum -- Calibration

  • Pointing Design document now under manufacture.
  • 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 (2007-02-14)
  • Science Archive detailed Requirements were discussed (see Draft update expected soon.
  • Updated new version of Off Line Software Requirements is submitted.
  • Off Line Software (CASA) tests scheduled 5-9 March.
  • Development of Single Dish Total Power is now the main focus. Meeting in Edinburgh Feb 15/20.
  • Current testing of Optical Pointing at ATF.

Michiel Hogerheijde -- DRSP

  • The DRSP projects are under review by a group of ASAC members. Deadline was February 15 for reviews, and most of them have been received (Spitzer deadline caused interference). Later this week all authors will be contacted, and asked to respond to the reviews by mid-March. April 1 remains the target date to place the DRSP 2.0 on the web (a password-protected version already lives there for use by the reviewers).

Robert Laing -- Commissioning and Science Verification

Mark Holdaway/Steve Myers, Reid -- Imaging

  • CASA Simulator Report
  • Solar Observing

L.-A. Nyman -- Site Characterization

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

  • became active this week after setting up the database in Manchester and putting out some fires with the database (i.e. server crashing, etc.)
  • AJMK and TR now both have access to the Splatalogue database in Manchester.
  • The database mirror has been set up at NRAO-CV.
  • AJMK is working on the ~200 edits sent by TR for resolving the QNs in the database.

Science Corner:

Papers in astro-ph recently from the Madrid ALMA Conference:
  1. 0702385 Molecular data and radiative transfer tools for ALMA Authors: Floris van der Tak (SRON Groningen), Michiel Hogerheijde (Leiden Observatory)
  2. 0702121 Dense molecular gas in a sample of LIRGs and ULIRGs: The low-redshift connection to the huge high-redshift starbursts and AGNs Authors: J. Gracia-Carpio (1), S. Garcia-Burillo (1), P. Planesas (1) ((1) OAN, Madrid, Spain)
  3. 0701894 Molecular absorptions in high-z objects Authors: F. Combes (LERMA, Obs-Paris)
  4. 0701693 The H$_{2}$ density within spiral and irregular galaxies at high redshift: estimating CO detection limits Authors: Mercedes Mollá, Eduardo Hardy, 'Angeles I. Díaz


Official JAO Calendar New!!

ALMA Events of Interest

(see also Al's ALMA Biweekly Calendar)

Day Date Time Event location details
Feb 21
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon
Feb 27-8
all day
International Review of Ops Plan
Mar 1
all day
Review of NAASC Plan
Mar 7
ASAC Telecon
Mar 9-12
all day
JAO/IPT Meeting
Mar 21
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon
Apr 18
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon

Upcoming Meetings

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 Cañada, 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

North American URSI meeting July 22-26, Ottawa

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

See also NAASC listing

-- AlWootten - 16 Feb 2007
Topic revision: r8 - 2010-08-03, ToddHunter
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