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  • 2006-7-26 14:30 UT
  • Duration: 1 hr
  • USA Toll Free Number: 877-874-1919
  • Toll Number: +1-203-320-9891
  • Passcode: 185064
  • Leader: Al Wootten


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

The First Antenna Foundation Done Late June view of the Vertex Site Erection Facility, Foundation Number 5. This is the first completed production antenna foundation, due to host an antenna within the next six months or so.

  1. New Business--Project news/updates (Wootten, Wilson, Kawabe)
  2. JAO Project Scientist Turno now in effect, Kawabe in place, transitioning to Wootten September 1. New PS/JAO ad soon. ESO has an opening for European ALMA Project Scientist.
  3. Current Science IPT Schedule. The graph shows the schedule at the beginning of 2006; clicking on it brings up a pdf of the current schedule. A major difference is the new dates for PSI/first fringes, now moved to March 2007.
  4. 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 -
    • Commissioning and Science Verification
    • CRE on Subreflector tilt: Passed by CCB, on to Board.
    • CRE on scattering cone: In process, final comments due.
    • Outer edge of the subreflector. In process, further study by Hills and student.
    • Specifications for the quarter wave plate have been drafted by C. Brogan.
    • Registration is CLOSED for Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) II November 13-17; Madrid, Spain. An additional day has been added to the schedule; 300 persons have indicated a desire to register but only ~250 can be accommodated.
  2. Submillimeter Frequency Protection.
    • TR reports that work continues on the science justification of the molecular species and the bands that need the most protection.
  3. Astronomer Outreach: NRAO Newsletter ESO Newsletter. NRAO ALMA Calendar
  4. ARCs.
  5. Group Activities (all)
  6. Next meeting is on August 30th (14:30 UT) to avoid conflict with the IAU.

Emerson/Laing/Vila-Vilaro -- Instrument Scientists

  • PSI at the AOC:
  • A meeting on WVRs in October was announced. We are considering a science ipt face-to-face meeting in Garching at this time.

Conway, Holdaway -- Configuration Group

  • The Technical specifications and SOW for the IFB for the AOS Road network design have been contracted. A contractor will be on the site 7 August to begin design. A design for road and fiber network at the high site is expected in September. Design of the extended array should occur during October-November.
  • New Configuration submitted for approval Wootten presented to ASAC, Board. Still before CCB.
  • Proposed ACA Configuration for comment.
  • ArrayCenter shows photos of the region of the center of the Array, taken this week.

Jeff Mangum -- Calibration

Robert Lucas -- SSR

Michiel Hogerheijde -- DRSP

  • The update of the DRSP is now under way. Coordinators for the various science sub-themes have been identied and are listed on the DRSP web site. Their task is to (1) review the DRSP 1.0 projects in their area for updates, and (2) suggest new projects in your area. Both items should take into account the evolving science questions and the increased capabilities of ALMA. There still are a few vacancies which I will try to fill soon. The entire list of DRSP authors has also been contacted solliciting project updates directly.

  • The current time line is
    • 1 July 2006 : Announcement of DRSP 2.0
    • 15 September 2006: DRSP projects due
    • 1 November 2006: Due date review of the the projects by members of JSAC, ESAC, ASAC, and ANASAC (tbc)
    • 15 November 2006: Reply by DRSP authors to reviews due
    • 15 December 2006: Final DRSP 2.0 on the web, and summarized in a report to ASAC

Robert Laing -- Commissioning and Science Verification

  • Update of Commissioning and science verification plan due 15 August.

Mark Holdaway/Steve Myers, Reid -- Imaging

L.-A. Nyman -- Site Characterization

The CR4 hygrometer arrived about 2 weeks ago in Tucson, Angel checked its status. He found the pumps used to pump the outside air into the chilled mirror chamber were faulty, the coating of the chilled mirror was somehow damaged affecting its reflectance and consequently the determination of the absolute humidity in the sample parcel of air. After this evaluation was done he sent the instrument to John Buetow at Buck Research incorporated to give it maintenance and for recalibration. The instrument was delivered to the manufacturer. Angel is now waiting for his own evaluation of the status of the instrument and the estimated price to bring the instrument on shape and well calibrated.

This device will be deployed to the OSF in late Fall.

Science Corner:


Official JAO Calendar New!!

ALMA Events of Interest

(see also Al's ALMA Biweekly Calendar)

Day Date Time Event location details
Jun 28
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon
Sep 20-22
All Day
Pre-Production Design Review for the Vertex ALMA Antenna
Duisberg, Germany
9-10 November 2006
all day
ALMA Board Meeting

Upcoming Meetings

IAU XXVI General Assembly Prague, 14-25 August 2006 *Sessions of Particular ALMA Interest*

A Summer School on "(Sub)Millimetre Observing Techniques" Victoria, BC, Canada 14-17 August 2006

Fifth IRAM Millimeter Interferometry School October 2-6, 2006 Grenoble, France

Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) II November 13-16; Madrid, Spain

Astrophysical Masers and their Environments 2007 March 12-16, Alice Springs, Australia

50th anniversary of the founding of NRAO Delayed NRAO wishes to remain 49 a bit longer...; Charlottesville, Virginia

See also NAASC listing

-- AlWootten - 24 Jul 2006
Topic revision: r6 - 2010-08-03, ToddHunter
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