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  • 2007-3-21 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:


  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.

OSF Tijerales The OSF Technical Facility is under roof! Here, the Pachamama blesses the site. See other images and animations.

  1. New Business--Project news/updates (Wootten, Laing, Kawabe)
    • ALMA First Fringes
    • ALMA Operations Plan Review (see schedule below)
    • ALMA face-to-face IPT meeting results.
    • New ASAC charges. ASAC, Regional Project Scientist attendance at Board meetings.
  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 -
    • Front End Change Control Board items. Band 9 CREs
    • ATF: As per discussions with Emerson the current schedule is below. Please let Al and Debra know if anyone has any issues with this.
Day Event
26 Mar - 31 Mar
OPT validation on AEC antenna; then VxRSI. Emerson, Fomalont, Hales
Astronomical fringes were obtained, holography acceptance is next.

    • Face-to-face Board meeting 25-27 March, Tokyo. Face-to-face ASAC meeting 7-8 May, Tokyo.
  1. Astronomer Outreach: NRAO Newsletter ESO Newsletter NAOJNews. NRAO ALMA Calendar
  2. ARCs.
  3. Group Activities (all)
  4. Next meeting is on Apr 18th (14:30 UT). 16 May for the following month.

Emerson/Laing/Vila-Vilaro -- Instrument Scientists

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 (2007-03-14)
  • Off Line Software (CASA) tests occured 5-9 March in Socorro. Draft report prepared by Debra.
  • Development of Single Dish Total Power is now the main focus. First meeting in Edinburgh happenned Feb 15/20. Final meeting is planned for end of April in Socorro.
  • Final checks of Holography next week at ATF
  • Current testing of Optical Pointing at ATF.

Michiel Hogerheijde -- DRSP

  • The DRSP projects are under review by a group of ASAC members. Most reviews have now been received, even from unlikely places such as an LAX terminal building... By the end of this week, all authors will have been contacted, with a target date of April 13 for their response. The DRSP2.0 will go on-line by April 17 and be discussed at the ESAC f2f that day. Further analysis and discussion by the time of the ASAC f2f on May 6&7.

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 - 20 Mar 2007
Topic revision: r7 - 2010-08-03, ToddHunter
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