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* 2009-1-21 15:30 UT
* Note: C. Wilson points out line noise may be muted by pressing *6 which works thru the call center.
* Duration: 1 hr
* USA Toll Free Number: 877-874-1919
* Toll Number: +1-203-320-9891
* Passcode: 185064
* Leader: Al Wootten
* Attendees:


1 Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Science IPT notes from last month's telecon are attached to the bottom of the agenda.

The ALMA Compact Array under Construction, Dec 2008. The ALMA Compact Array under Construction, Dec 2008.

See other images and animations. See other images and transporters.

  1. New Business--Project news/updates. 30 Nov Schedule View (Hills, Peck)
  • Commissioning Scientists have arrived in Chile - Denis Barkats joined January. Applications under review for new positions.
  • ALMA Status Report R. Hills or A. Wootten. See Newsletter links below.
    • Site: Installation of foundations continues. dozens of high site pads have received structural concrete. A plan to populate these for CSV and beyond beginning with the ACA pads is being pursued.
    • Antennas: Melco No 2 conditional acceptance occurred Dec 19. Vertex No 1 has completed some acceptance tests. Acceptance likely to be in February 2009.
    • Front Ends: The first "engineering model" is being used in Melco No 2. The second "engineering model" front-end from the EA FEIC is in Chile, tested, at the OSF. The third is expected from the EU FEIC in February.
    • Back Ends: Some LO items remain on the critical path to high site interferometry.
    • Correlator: The first quadrant at the AOS is humming contentedly along. See new ALMA Memo No 284 on phasing the correlator--VLB, pulsar applications.
    • Software: Moving toward deployment of OSF interferometer.
    • US Decadal Review
      • Notice of Intent filed for ALMA. NRAO and community members will produce and submit white papers on important science questions to be addressed by facilities which will or may exist during the next decade. These are due 9 Feb-14 Feb.
    • ASAC Matters.
  • ALMA Science IPT wiki page
  • Astronomer Outreach: New JAO ALMA Webpages. ESO Newsletter No 16 NRAO eNews ALMA News. NAOJ News. NRAO ALMA Calendar
  1. Directories

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
    • Change Control Board items Nothing major that is new here. Lots of details on ICD's, etc.,being tidied up. (Hills)
    • ATF: (Laing)
      • Summary. ATF closed 19 Dec, A shutdown plan has commenced.
      • AIV wiki OSF/AIV Daily log.
    • OSF (Peck)
  2. Next meeting is on Feb 18th (15:30 UT). Mar 18th for the following month.

Richard Hills, Alison Peck, Robert Laing -- Commissioning and Science Verification

  • Commissioning and Science Verification
    • Plan.
    • A request for additional manpower has been approved. Advertisements will be resent out.

Jeff Mangum -- Calibration

Bojan Nikolic/John Richer -- Recent Materials

  • Presentation was made of ALMA plans to the US National Radio Science Meeting, followed by a visit to the NAASC and discussions.

Robert Lucas -- eSSR

Testi, Leurini-- Design Reference Science Plan

  • working on version 2.1, adding some projects, cleaning up.
  • summary spread sheet almost completed.
  • Some items to be added - more polarization cases, pulsars, is there anything on fine-structure in hot haloes using S-Z?

Wootten -- Site Characterization

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

Science Corner:

Presentations at the UsRm National Radio Science meeting:


Events of Interest

(see also Al's ALMA Biweekly Calendar)

Day Date Time Event location details
Jan 21
Sci IPT telecon
Jan 26-27
CASA Tutorial, Santiago
ESO Vitacura
Jan 28-29
ASAC f2f meeting, OSF
Jan 29
ALMA Board telecon
Feb 18
Sci IPT telecon
Mar 11-13
ALMA Board meeting

Upcoming Meetings

213th AAS Meeting Jan 4-8, Long Beach, CA; NRAO Town Hall evening 7th.

ALMA and ELTs: A Deeper, Finer View of the Universe Mar 24-27, Garching, Germany.

Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy at High Angular Resolution June 8-12, Taipei, Taiwan.

-- AlWootten - 2009-01-16
Topic revision: r6 - 2010-08-02, ToddHunter
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