ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee

ALMA ALMA North American Science Advisory Committee F2F 2011

AOS Eighteen

Eighteen antennas are shown in place at the AOS 13 August. 153 baselines) including twelve North American antennas, four East Asian antennas and one European antenna! Photo c NAOJ

Contents - DRAFT

Duration

Location

NRAO - Stone Hall Building, 520 Edgemont Road, Room 230, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Contact

  • People dialing in can use Hub number: 434-817-6283.

  • Videoconferencing: CV-ER230-hub 192.33.117.12##6516 (Please contact Gene Runion at +1-434-296-0327 or grunion at nrao dot edu if you'd like to test the connection beforehand)
  • Leader: Al Wootten; Carol Lonsdale
For additional information contact: Lyndele von Schill

Agenda

  1. Items pertaining to ANASAC Charges are in Blue; items pertaining to ASAC charges in Green; items of relevance to both are in Black.

Tuesday

17:30 Meet and Greet: Light refreshments in meeting room off Residence Inn Lobby

Wednesday

08.30 – 09.00 Light breakfast snacks

09.00 – 09.30 Welcome & charges – Fred Lo

09.30 – 10.30 * ALMA Construction Status – Mark McKinnon

  • RELEVANT CHARGE:
    • ASAC Charge 3: ASAC will receive updates on matters related to the completion of the full construction program of ALMA, including schedule, budget and the build‐up of operational capabilities. ASAC is requested to comment on these topics insomuch as they relate to the scientific capabilities, and bring any recommendations or concerns to the attention of the Board.

10.30 – 10.45 Break

10.45 - 11.45 CSV talk: ALMA CSV status and array readiness for ES – Al Wootten (thx to Alison Peck and R. Hills)

  • RELEVANT CHARGE:
    • ASAC Charge 1: The Committee is requested to review and comment on the progress of Early Science Cycle 0. This should include: progress with Commissioning and Science Verification; the outcomes of the Call for Proposals and the ALMA Review Process; the delivery of the scientific capabilities offered for Cycle 0; the performance of the ALMA hardware and software in the first stages of Cycle 0; and the performance of the JAO Department of Science Operations and the operation of the ALMA Regional Centers. The Board recognizes that Cycle 0 observations will have been underway for at most a week at the time of the face-2-face meeting of the ASAC which may limit the ability to address some elements of charges 1 and 2.
  • REQUIRED READING:

11.45 – 13.00 Lunch. 12.45: Meet the NAASC

13.00 - 13.30 Panel discussion session with NAASC

13.30 – 14.00 Community Outreach

  • RELEVANT CHARGE:
    • ANASAC Standing Charge: To lead community outreach through leadership of workshops.

  1. NAASC Outreach to General Public - J. Stoke
  2. Outflows, Winds and Jets: from Young Stars to Supermassive Black Holes - S. Shang
    • Outflows, Winds and Jets: from Young Stars to Supermassive Black Holes 2012 Sat, March 3, 2012 – Tue, March 6, 2012 Charlottesville, Va
    • Registration is open!
    • The 219th AAS meeting, which includes several sessions of interest.
      • Special Session- 219th AAS Meeting Jan 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM Austin, Tx
      • NRAO Town Hall - 219th AAS Meeting Jan 11, 2011 Austin, Tx
  3. Future Meetings
    • Next NA Meetings
    • ASIAA would like to hold joint workshop with us in Hawaii, Fall 2012
    • Project plans pan-ALMA meeting in Chile on similar timescale
  4. ESO ALMA-related Meetings (announced in May-June 2011) of "Science News", the bimonthly newsletter from ESO's Offices for Science.
    • Astrophysics in the ALMA Era: First ALMA Early Science Results from ESO Member States (Testi et al.; Garching or Vitacura)
    • Astrochemistry in the ALMA Era (Testi)

14.00 – 15.00 NAASC Status – Carol Lonsdale/Al Wootten

  • RELEVANT CHARGE:
    • ASAC Charge 6: ASAC is requested to report on the astronomy community's expectations of and satisfaction with Early Science Cycle 0, and more generally on ALMA's interactions with and provision of information resources for the general community.
  • REQUIRED READING:

15.00 – 15.15 Break

15.15 – 16.15 ALMA Science Operations – John Hibbard

  • RELEVANT CHARGES:
    • ANASAC Charge
    • ASAC Charge 1: The Committee is requested to review and comment on the progress of Early Science Cycle 0. This should include: progress with Commissioning and Science Verification; the outcomes of the Call for Proposals and the ALMA Review Process; the delivery of the scientific capabilities offered for Cycle 0; the performance of the ALMA hardware and software in the first stages of Cycle 0; and the performance of the JAO Department of Science Operations and the operation of the ALMA Regional Centers. The Board recognizes that Cycle 0 observations will have been underway for at most a week at the time of the face-2-face meeting of the ASAC which may limit the ability to address some elements of charges 1 and 2.
    • ASAC Charge 2: The Committee is particularly requested to consider whether there are "lessons learned" from the Call for Proposals and/or the start of Cycle 0, and if so, to provide recommendations to improve future cycle of ALMA operations.
    • ASAC Charge 4. ASAC will be provided with an update of the implementation plan of the ALMA Proposal Review Process for full scientific operations, and an early outline of plans for Cycle 1 observing. The Committee is requested to comment on these topics and bring any recommendations or concerns to the attention of the Board.
  • REQUIRED READING:

16.15 – 17.00 Questions; discussion

18.30 Dinner at local restaurant

Thursday

08.30 – 09.00 Light breakfast snacks

09.00 – 09;45 Principles for ALMA Development Program – Al Wootten

09.45 – 10:30 ALMA Band 1 Science – Doug Johnstone

  • RELEVANT CHARGE:
    • ANASAC Charge: "The ANASAC is asked to comment on the scientific advantages of resiting ALMA Band 1 in frequency from 31.3-45 GHz to e.g. 34-53 GHz. Please note scientific advantages for the locations of the upper and lower edges of the band. Note that a paper on science goals of Band 1 is available in arXiv:0910.1609.'

10.30 – 10.45 Break

10:45 – 11.30 NAASC data processing capabilities and re-processing scope – Mark Lacy

  • RELEVANT CHARGE:
    • ASAC Charge 1. (above)
  • REQUIRED READING:

11.30 – 12.15 Discussion

12.15 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 16.00 ANASAC executive session / question session; preliminary report

16.00 – 16.00 NRAO/UVa Colloquium Speaker: Michael Mumma, NASA GSFC Title: "Progress at the Frontiers of Cometary Science: Implications for Contributions of Water and Prebiotic Organics to Terrestrial Planets”

  • Abstract:
    • Viewed from a cosmic perspective, Earth is a dry planet yet its oceans are enriched in deuterium by a large factor relative to nebular hydrogen. Can comets have delivered Earth’s water? The question of exogenous delivery of water and organics to Earth and other young planets is of critical importance for understanding the origin of Earth’s water, and for assessing the possible existence of exo-planets similar to Earth. Strong gradients in temperature and chemistry in the proto-planetary disk, coupled with dynamical models, imply that comets from the Oort Cloud and Kuiper Disk reservoirs should have diverse composition. The primary volatiles in comets (ices native to the nucleus) provide the preferred metric, and taxonomies based on them are now beginning to emerge [1, 2, 3]. The measurement of cosmic parameters such as the nuclear spin temperatures for H2O, NH3, and CH4, and of enrichment factors for isotopologues (D/H in water and hydrogen cyanide, 14N/15N in CN and hydrogen cyanide) provide additional important tests for the origin of cometary material. I will provide an overview of these aspects, and their implications for the origin of Earth’s water and prebiotic organics. I will also touch on compositional issues that can be addressed with ALMA and other emerging astrophysical observatories.
[1] Mumma & Charnley (2011), Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 49: 471-524. [2] DiSanti & Mumma (2008), Space Sci. Rev. 138, 127-145. [3] Crovisier et al. (2009) Earth, Moon, Planets 105, 267-272.

Attendees

ANASAC Members

  • Andrew Baker
  • Ted Bergin
  • Alberto Bolatto
  • Daniela Calzetti
  • John Carpenter
  • Richard Crutcher
  • Alyssa Goodman
  • Kelsey Johnson
  • Doug Johnstone
  • Ciska Kemper (unable to attend)
  • Leslie Looney
  • Mike Mumma
  • David Neufeld
  • Rachel Osten
  • Deborah Padgett
  • Douglas Scott
  • Hsien Shang
  • Gordon Stacey
  • Johnathon Williams
  • David Wilner

NRAO

  • Darrell Emerson
  • John Hibbard
  • Crystal Brogan
  • Phil Jewell
  • Mark Lacy
  • Fred Lo
  • Carol Lonsdale
  • Mark McKinnon
  • Al Wootten

NSF

  • Phil Puxley

Topics

  1. Old Business The enhanced Agenda from last meeting is available. minutes from the 27Aug2010 telecon are not yet available.

-- AlWootten - 2011-08-26

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size DateSorted ascending Who Comment
ASAC_charges_October2011-3.pdfpdf ASAC_charges_October2011-3.pdf manage 79 K 2011-08-26 - 13:26 AlWootten ASAC Charges Oct 2011
Cycle_1_Capabilities_v0p6.pdfpdf Cycle_1_Capabilities_v0p6.pdf manage 46 K 2011-09-23 - 12:51 AlWootten Draft Capabilities for Cycle 1
Principles_for_the_ALMA_Development_Program.pdfpdf Principles_for_the_ALMA_Development_Program.pdf manage 230 K 2011-09-23 - 13:07 AlWootten Principles for ALMA Development Program
PRP_E2E_TES_ASAC_Sep14_2011.pdfpdf PRP_E2E_TES_ASAC_Sep14_2011.pdf manage 1 MB 2011-09-26 - 21:05 AlWootten Nyman presentation
Development_NAASC.pdfpdf Development_NAASC.pdf manage 1 MB 2011-09-27 - 16:31 AlWootten Principles for ALMA Development Program
ANASAC_2011_ml_v5_clb.pdfpdf ANASAC_2011_ml_v5_clb.pdf manage 950 K 2011-09-27 - 20:37 MarkLacy Data processing talk (Lacy)
Lonsdale_status.pdfpdf Lonsdale_status.pdf manage 1 MB 2011-09-28 - 08:16 CarolLonsdale NAASC Status talk
NAASC_CSV.pdfpdf NAASC_CSV.pdf manage 6 MB 2011-09-28 - 08:56 AlWootten CSV report
McKinnon_28SEP11.pdfpdf McKinnon_28SEP11.pdf manage 8 MB 2011-09-28 - 09:46 AlWootten McKinnon Construction talk.
2011ANASACf2f_Hibbard_SciOps.pdfpdf 2011ANASACf2f_Hibbard_SciOps.pdf manage 587 K 2011-09-28 - 13:23 JohnHibbard Hibbard presentation: ALMA Science Operations
ANASAC_Presentation2011_EPOdraft02_compressed.pdfpdf ANASAC_Presentation2011_EPOdraft02_compressed.pdf manage 14 MB 2011-09-28 - 13:43 AlWootten Stoke: EPO presentation
ANASAC_2011_ml_v6_clb.pdfpdf ANASAC_2011_ml_v6_clb.pdf manage 952 K 2011-09-29 - 09:03 MarkLacy  
Band1-ANASAC-Johnstone.pdfpdf Band1-ANASAC-Johnstone.pdf manage 5 MB 2011-09-29 - 10:09 AlWootten Band 1 Science
NAASC_Status_Wootten.pdfpdf NAASC_Status_Wootten.pdf manage 1 MB 2011-10-05 - 13:50 AlWootten NAASC Status
Topic revision: r24 - 2011-10-05, AlWootten
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