ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

ALMA; ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee Telecon meeting June 22, 2012

  • Venus approaching the limb of the Sun on June 5th. Picture by Shin'ichiro Asayama and Tsuyoshi Sawada using a total power raster map at Band 6.:

Contact Information for those calling in.

  • Call date: 2012-06-22 04:00 pm EDT or 20:00 UT (Friday)
  • Duration: 1 hr
    * USA Number: 1-866-600-8836
  • Outside USA Number: +1 203 480 8549
  • Passcode: 3283890#
  • Leaders: R. Osten (D. Calzetta), A. Wootten, C. Lonsdale

  • Attendees:


  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. Minutes from that meeting are not available.
  2. New Business under Discussion.

Discussion Items

  1. Dates for Fall Face to Face meeting
  2. New Director Tony Beasley
  3. Reports
    1. Construction Status
      • Science section of May Report, from R. Hills.
      • 62 antennas at the ALMA site (25 NA, 16 EA, 21 EU)
      • 42 antennas accepted (21 NA, 13 EA, 8 EU) – 39 through AIV
      • 33 antennas at the AOS (17 NA, 9 EA, 7 EU)
      • AOS Roads: All 67km completed
      • 50 Front Ends delivered.
      • Correlator Quadrant 4 arrived at the AOS on May 25. to be installed and ready in September
    2. Operations
      • Early Science Progress
        • As of AAS, 93 datasets delivered to PIs overall; 12 American PIs have delivered data. 169 (43% of 400) nominally done (still need to pass QA2); 103 (26%) passed QA2
        • List of highest ranked projects
        • Project Tracker thought to be ready for deployment by ~end of June. Becomes visible for PI's (and coIs?) of ALMA projects & lists status of all SBs submitted to the archive: Phase2 Subitted; Ready; Wait; Fully observed (=ready for QA2); Verified (passed QA2).
        • What information on ALMA do you feel you are not getting? Please give us a top five and we'll fashion a FAQ. ( Action Item )
        • ARC-based data reduction started in early April.
      • Cycle 1 Lookahead
        • More than 750 "Notice of Intents" were received. From this, JAO predicts > 1200 proposals. For ARP membership, will plan on something higher (like 1500 or more)
        • Cycle1 documents out : Call for Proposals; Proposers Guide/Capabilities; Early Science Primer; Technical Handbook; Guide to ARCs
        • Call distributed 31 May 2012. Deadline expected to be 12 July 2012.
        • Observations expected to start after completion of Cycle 0 (Jan 2013)
    3. NAASC during Early Science
      • Alison Peck has joined us.
      • What is happening at the NAASC?
      • Webinar on ALMA, NRAO facilities 11 June
      • Meetings upcoming with ALMA or NAASC-related components (see below)
        • EU contribution to the mmVLBI science case (Garching June 27-28)
        • Special Sessions proposal for AAS Jan 2013 (Long Beach, CA)
      • ALMA Development (Wootten)
  4. ASAC activities (ASAC members)
  5. Astronomer Outreach (Lonsdale, Wootten)
    • NAASC ALMA-related workshop(s) in 2012-3 (see below) ( AI )
  6. Date of next telecon
    • 13 Jul 2012
  7. 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

  1. A third ALMA PI data paper has appeared:
    • ALMA reveals a chemically evolved submillimeter galaxy at z=4.76 Tohru Nagao, Roberto Maiolino, Carlos De Breuck, Paola Caselli, Bunyo Hatsukade, Kazuya Saigo
    • [NII] line emission in massive star-forming galaxies at z=4.75

Events of Interest

22 Jun
ANASAC Telecon
13 Jul
ANASAC Telecon
10 Aug
ANASAC Telecon

Upcoming, very recent, or ongoing Meetings

  1. 2012

-- AlWootten - 2012-06-21
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Science_-_May_2012.pdfpdf Science_-_May_2012.pdf manage 941 K 2012-06-22 - 11:18 AlWootten Science section of May Report, from R. Hills.
SunVenus.jpgjpg SunVenus.jpg manage 72 K 2012-06-22 - 13:15 AlWootten Venus approaching the limb of the Sun on June 5th. Picture by Shin'ichiro Asayama and Tsuyoshi Sawada using a total power raster map at Band 6.
Topic revision: r3 - 2012-06-22, AlWootten
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