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  • 2006-11-29 14:30 UT Please check your local time; it may have changed!
  • Duration: 1 hr
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  • 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.

ALMA Observes New ESO renditions of the array.

  1. New Business--Project news/updates (Wootten, Wilson, Kawabe)
  2. JAO Project Scientist Turno now in effect transitioned to Wootten.
  3. ALMA Project Scientist applications are closed, under review.
  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

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 -
  2. Operations Working Group documents are available. Status Report.
  3. Astronomer Outreach: NRAO Newsletter ESO Newsletter NAOJNews. NRAO ALMA Calendar
  4. ARCs.
  5. Group Activities (all)
  6. Next meeting is on Dec 20th (14:30 UT).

Emerson/Laing/Vila-Vilaro -- Instrument Scientists

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 Passed CCB.
  • Y+ configuration now under design by Holdaway.
  • Proposed ACA Configuration approved.
  • ArrayCenter shows photos of the region of the center of the Array.

Jeff Mangum -- Calibration

  • 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. Will use these documents as part of the RFQ process for these devices. NOTE: I need suggested vendors for the temperature profiler.

Robert Lucas -- SSR

  • Latest SSR meeting (2006-11-08)
  • Many of us attended the Alma Science Meeting
  • Holography control software is completed and tested at the ATF; being used for Science tests right now
  • Development of Single Field Interferometry is now the main focus.
  • Science Archive detailed requirements are to be reviewed very soon in the SSR.

Michiel Hogerheijde -- DRSP

  • The update to DRSP 2.0 is well under way. So far I have received 50 project descriptions, including 17 new ones. I have reminded the coordinators of 8 science areas (out of a total of 22), that I have not received any input from them yet. I hope to have their input within 2 weeks. Update: some input still pending. I will follow up on this soon.

  • On the same time line I will approach about 10-15 persons from ASAC, ESAC, ANASAC, and JSAC to review 5-10 projects EACH by the end of November. The projects will be made available on the DRSP web site. I still aim for a initial report on the DRSP update by the end of the year. Update: I am running behind with this. I will get to this within the next week, but the final DRSP 2.0 is likely to be delayed until early 2007.

Robert Laing -- Commissioning and Science Verification

Mark Holdaway/Steve Myers, Reid -- Imaging

L.-A. Nyman -- Site Characterization

Vila-Vilaro has produced a discussion of what might be done for total power testing of antennas at the ASTF and at the OSF. One area of discussion is: what will the opacity and phase stability at the OSF be? One could move a tipper there. However, it does not appear that one is available at ~220 GHz. The opacity may not allow one to be used at 183 GHz (TBD).

Status of tippers at 5000m:
  • NRAO tipper not functioning. Stepper motor? I hope to do something about this from operations funds at some point when the AOSTB is finished.
  • There are two 183 GHz tippers at the ESO container. One of the ESO/ALMA 183 GHz radiometers is broken, but the other one should be operational if started. The ESO/ALMA radiometers were built at Onsala from a design by Richard Hills.
  • The APEX 183 GHz radiometer is operational, but only when the telescope shutter is open. You have seen the results posted on the APEX weather page. The APEX radiometer is from RPG.
  • The two JP tippers that had been used in the past are no longer available. One has been shipped to the South Pole and the other is currently being used by ASTE. A 183GHz tipping radiometer will be shipped to Chile in March 2007, developed by a student of Kawabe.

From previous data, Holdaway has estimated opacities which might be encountered at the OSF.

Remijan, Markwick-Kemper -- ALMA Working Group on Spectral Line Frequencies

We (ALMA/NRAO) presented Splatalogue - the Spectral Line Database for Molecular Spectroscopy, which was very well received. It was clear there was a need for this project from the astronomical community. They feel confident in our ability to complete the project. Furthermore, Bill Latter representing Herschel would like to use the tool for HSPOT, the Herschel Observing Tool and he is planning on calling in to the NAASC meeting next week to discuss further collaboration/cooperation between Herschel and ALMA.

Next week, Andrew is planning to present Splatalogue at the Molecular databases for Herschel, ALMA and SOFIA from 6 Dec 2006 through 8 Dec 2006. The final report from the Pasadena meeting can be found here:Final Report

Science Corner:


Official JAO Calendar New!!

ALMA Events of Interest

(see also Al's ALMA Biweekly Calendar)

Day Date Time Event location details
Nov 29
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon
Dec 6
ASAC Telecon
Dec 6-7
all day
ACA correlator CDR
Dec 7
ALMA Board Telecon
Dec 14
all day
LLC and LO Photonic Rx DR
Dec 20
ALMA Sci IPT Telecon
Dec 29
ANASAC Telecon
Jan 16-17 '07
all day
Transporter FDR
Jan 18
ALMA Board Telecon
Jan 30
all day
AEM antenna PPDR
Feb 6-7
all day
B9 Cartridge CDR
Feb 15
ALMA Board Telecon

Upcoming Meetings

Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) II November 13-17; Madrid, Spain

Molecular databases for Herschel, ALMA and SOFIA 6 Dec 2006 through 8 Dec 2006 Leiden, Netherlands

Fourth Chilean School of Astrophysics--Interferometry in the Epoch of ALMA and VLTI 4-8 December 2006, Santiago, Chile

AAS Meeting 5-10 Jan, 2007, Seattle, Washington

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

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

USNC URSI 9-14 July, Albuquerque, NM

Astrophysics in the Next Decade: JWST and Concurrent Facilities. September 24-27, 2007, Tucson Arizona

See also NAASC listing

-- AlWootten - 02 Nov 2006
Topic revision: r14 - 2010-08-03, ToddHunter
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