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  • 2010-11-24 14:30 UT
    Note time changes in your area.

  • Note: C. Wilson points out line noise may be muted by pressing *6 which works thru the call center.
  • Duration: 1 hr
  • Toll Number: 1-203-480-8549
  • USA Toll Free Number: 866-600-8836
  • Passcode: 3283890
  • Leader: Hills, Peck, Wootten, Testi, Saito
  • Attendees:


1 Old Business The enhanced Agenda from the last meeting is available. Science IPT notes from the last telecon are not available.

Eight at the AOS

Five ALMA 7m antennas being built by Mitsubishi at the OSF, seen in this photo from Norikazu. Image courtesy ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO).

See other images and animations.
  1. New Business--Project news/updates.(Hills, Peck)
    • For a recent summary see October 2010 Science section of ALMA report
    • Outcomes of the Reviews. See collection.
    • Science_Milestones_-_31Oct2010.pdf: Science Milestone update; end of October
    • AAER, Board meeting and the Call for Proposals for Early Science
    • Configurations for Early Science
      • A compact configuration has been designed by F. Boone
      • ES Spectral modes
    • Commissioning news. Eight antennas remain available after a move of DV08 to the AOS at pad T703. The array now consists of DV02 in pad J504; PM02 in pad T701; DV03 in pad N605; DV04 in pad T702; DV05 in pad J505; DV06 in pad T704; DV07 in pad J510; DV08 in pad T703. We are calling this the "Initial Commissioning Array" configuration. This allows good tests of e.g. antenna performance at different elevations. We expect to have 9 antennas later in the year; 16 by May.
  2. Change Requests and other technical items.
    • CCB Minutes
    • 260. Relaxation of the Band 3 polarization efficiency specification
      • CRE Number : ALMA- Relaxation of the Band 3 polarization efficiency specification (ALMA- - APPROVED 23 November 2010 with the following wording:
        • Relaxation is sought to the FE Requirement [FEND- / AT] which requires that the polarization efficiency of the tertiary optics system shall exceed 99.5% for all ten bands. The proposed relaxed requirement (for Band 3 only) is 99% (-20 dB cross polarization in the integrated sense.) The peak cross polarization for the cold cartridge alone (without warm optics), [FEND- / T], is sought to be relaxed to -21 dB instead of the presently specified -23 dB.
        • Action item: Eduardo Pizarro to modify CRE and gather relevant signatures
        • Action item: Band 3 team to provide information as the cause of the variable cross polarization performance - 30 Nov (one week) due date.

  1. Employment
    • JAO DSO Support Astronomer positions. Proposal Handling Team Lead interviews scheduled.
    • ESO:
    • NRAO: Advertisement for postdoctoral positions has appeared in AAS Newsletter.
    • NAOJ: Advertisement for postdoctoral positions has appeared in AAS job register since Nov 1st.
    • University of Cambridge: Two posts to work on algorithms and software for radio astronomy with applications to ALMA and the SKA Research Associate: Radio Astronomy Algorithms and Software (two posts):
  2. Astronomer Outreach: ALMA News. JAO ALMA Webpages. JAONewsletter No 6. NRAO eNews ESO Newsletter No 16 NAOJ News. NRAO ALMA Calendar
  3. Current SYSE- ALMA System Diagram Rev Q
    1. Current IPS attached
  4. Directories

Project Scientists

  1. North America
  2. Europe
  3. East Asia
    • Shinya Komugi joined CSV since Nov. 1st.
    • ALMAJ Users Meeting is held on Jan 13-14 at Mitaka, Tokyo. Now program is almost fixed.
  4. ASAC Report, Board Meeting

Jeff Mangum -- Calibration

Bojan Nikolic/John Richer -- WVRs

Lars-Ake Nyman -- eSSR

  • Steps toward Early Science

Wootten -- Site Characterization

Science Corner


  1. Next meeting is on Dec 15th (14:30 UT). Jan 19th 2010 for the following month.

Events of Interest

(see also Al's ALMA Monthly/Biweekly Calendar)

Nov 22
Date for decision on ES
Dec 15

Upcoming Meetings

The Impact of Herschel Surveys on ALMA Early Science Garching, November 17-19, 2010

Observing with ALMA--Early Science IRAM, 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2010

217th AAS Seattle, WA Observing with ALMA - Special Session- January 12, 2011 2:00 PM

15-17 Jan 2011 Workshop ALMA: Extending the Limits of Astrophysical Spectroscopy in Victoria

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

-- AlWootten - 2010-11-16

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Compact_16.csvcsv Compact_16.csv manage 463 bytes 2010-11-24 - 09:06 AlWootten Proposed compact 16 antenna configuration
October_2010.pdfpdf October_2010.pdf manage 61 K 2010-11-22 - 23:00 AlWootten October 2010 Science section of ALMA report
Science_Milestones_-_31Oct2010.pdfpdf Science_Milestones_-_31Oct2010.pdf manage 24 K 2010-11-22 - 23:01 AlWootten Science Milestone update; end of October
Spectral_modes.pdfpdf Spectral_modes.pdf manage 57 K 2010-11-24 - 09:05 AlWootten ALMA ES spectral modes
Statement.pdfpdf Statement.pdf manage 546 K 2010-11-24 - 09:23 RichardHills  
alma16ant.pdfpdf alma16ant.pdf manage 1 MB 2010-11-24 - 09:13 AlWootten Description of compact ES configuration
job.txttxt job.txt manage 1 K 2010-11-24 - 08:14 BojanNikolic Research Associate: Radio Astronomy Algorithms and Software (two posts)
Topic revision: r10 - 2010-11-30, AlWootten
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