Contact Information Agenda/Minutes for meeting Tuesday, 7 October at 4:00 pm EDT.

Date: 7 Oct 2008

Time: 4:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm Santiago; 2:00 pm Socorro, 1:00 pm Tucson)

Phone: Phone: (434)293 7109 (CV SoundStation Premier Conference phone 3rd floor room 331). No Video planned.

Past agendas, etc on MMA Imaging and Calibration Division Page. __Discussion notes in


Construction from Co Chico About twenty-five foundations have now received concrete. This overview from Cerro Chico, taken by A. Beelen in August, gives an ides of the scope of activity.

  1. Ongoing Items


  1. Welcome to Santiago scientists Hales and Corder!
  2. Chemistry Center (Remijan)
    • The full proposal for the Chemistry Center can be found here:Full Proposal. Please do not distribute.
    • In general, The Center for Chemistry of the Universe will assemble a group of researchers across North America to investigate and understand the chemical processes that provide the synthesis of molecules in the interstellar medium. Currently, as a proof of concept, The Center "forged" a unique research collaboration in the field of astrochemistry from the University of Arizona, The Ohio State University, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NRAO, and a group of chemists and physicists at the University of Virginia engaged in research to understand the fundamentals of chemical reactions.
    • We received an initial grant of $1.5 million from the NSF to form the center during the next two years.
    • The necessity of the center at this time was facilitated by the timely completion of ALMA, EVLA and the continuing use of the GBT and its recent successes in advancing astrochemistry. It also brings together what would be competing groups of observers and lab spectroscopists into collaborative efforts in planning observations and lab work as well as training students in both observing and lab work. Furthermore, instead of the loose consortium of labs and observatories in Europe under what was "The Molecular Universe", the Center will be more focused and groups across NA will have specific tasks in either theoretical, lab work and observations, and most important to the NSF, EPO. This center was seen as a unique and innovative way to make chemistry more visible to the public and to reach a broader audience.
    • Lab work has started at UVa on new, possibly relevant species of astronomical interest and with the GBT PRIMOS survey of the Galactic center region starting back up this fall, we will have the opportunity to search for these new species in the 8-18 GHz range.
    • See the full proposal for future plans of the Center.
    • Dates of Interest:
      • Oct 15, 2008 - Application deadline for new EPO IPT deputy.
      • Oct 28, 2008 - Brooks Pate - Center Director, will give a "TUNA" talk in NRAO-CHV about the center and the possible role of UVa Astronomy
      • Nov 3, 2008 - Remijan - EPO IPT Lead, will give a GBT colloquium on the center in GB.
      • Jan (8-21?), 2009 - First Chemistry Center 2 day meeting to be held in CHV hosted by NRAO
      • ~Jan 15, 2009 - Center "Highlights" Report due to the NSF.
    • More to come!
  3. Configuration: Early Science
    • Small changes to ACA pad locations expected by 9 Oct. We'll need to evaluate ASAP
      • ACA Option 1 Suitability for Early Commissioning Array
      • Shadowing
      • Imaging
  4. URSI/NA Commission J topics
    • (a) 5 Jan Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies session chair: Ray Blundell (rblundell
    • (b) 5 Jan ALMA Technology, Science and Status session chair: Al Wootten (awootten
      • ALMA Status and Science - Wootten
      • ALMA FEICs J. Weber update on the ALMA Front End including a discussion of measurements and calibrations which take place at the NTC.
      • Science at the ARO with ALMA-style Frontends - Ziurys
      • ATF in retrospect - Shepherd
      • WVRs - Nikolic
      • ALMA Production Antenna Holography, other tests - D. Emerson
      • Data digitization and transmission - Langley
      • Development - ALMA 2013-2020 - Wootten
    • (c) Wideband Astronomy Instrumentation session chair: Tim Bastian (tbastian
    • (d) Long Baseline Interferometry session chair: Craig Walker (cwalker
    • (e) New Telescopes, Techniques and Observations session chair: Jim Cordes (cordes
  5. ATF/OSF activities
  6. AOB?

Science Corner:

arXiv:0808.3476 Title: Constraints from deuterium on the formation of icy bodies in the Jovian system and beyond Authors: Jonathan Horner, Olivier Mousis, Yann Alibert, Jonathan I. Lunine, Michel Blanc "Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) will ... provide an opportunity for observers to measure f in the atmospheres of the planets, and comae of comets."


see Al's ALMA Biweekly Calendar)

Events of Interest

Day Date Time Event location details
Oct 15
Sci IPT telecon
Nov 12-14
ALMA Board f2f
Nov 17-19
Software Review
Nov 19
Sci IPT telecon
Dec 9-11
ALMA Annual External Incremental Review

Upcoming Meetings

URSI/NA Meeting Jan 5-8, Boulder

Transformational Science with ALMA: The Birth and Feedback of Massive Stars, Within and Beyond the Galaxy Sep 25-27, Charlottesville.

-- AlWootten - 07 Oct 2008
Topic revision: r3 - 2008-10-07, AlWootten
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