Cycle 6 CfP experiences. Over 1800 proposals were receiver and are being sorted for duplication before going to review.
Any questions or comments?
Two North America Projects approved for start by the ALMA Board
A Significant Upgrade to the ALMA Correlator, Principal Investigator (PI) Rich Lacasse (NRAO), co-Investigators Escoffier, Greenberg, Saez, Ojeda, Baudry, Webber. An upgrade to the 64-antenna ALMA correlator is proposed which will: (a) increase the frequency resolution by a factor of eight, providing extended high resolution spectral grasp while providing the increased resolution needed for the lower frequency bands; (b) provide four-bit correlation, improving efficiency and achieving the same sensitivity as currently but in 30% less time; (c) double the processed bandwidth; and (d) provide higher time resolution. Auxiliary upgrades to the archive, receivers, and digital part of the system will also be needed to realize all of these. Together, these improvements make ALMA significantly more efficient at all bands.
Increased sensitivity, decreased observing time. 4bit mode, may require higher data rates (but we have an unimplemented 4 bit mode now!).
Improved spectral grasp at high spectral resolution. Requires higher data rates, archive expansion.
Higher spectral resolution. Can require higher data rates, archive expansion.
Broader bandwidth, additional spectral grasp. Requires upgrades to receivers (some capacity now at B6, B9, B10). Requires upgrades to digital path.
Higher time resolution. May require higher data rates, archive expansion.
ALMA Hardware in Line Simulator
(approved Nov 2017) Enabling New Science with the ALMA Phasing System (APS) Phase 2, PI Lynn Matthews (MIT), co-Investigators Crew, Fish, Hecht. The objectives of the APP Phase 2 are to further improve APS operations and enable a significantly greater diversity of scientific capabilities with a phased ALMA. Major components of the proposed Phase 2 work include: (a) improving the management of baseband delays in the correlator to enhance sensitivity and simplify data analysis; (b) enabling spectral line Very Long Baseline Interferometry; (c) extending the frequency range where phasing is offered to encompass Bands 1-7; and other enhancements.
AAAS Symposium 'The Chemistry and Physics of Nascent Planetary Systems' , Speakers: Karin Oberg (Harvard), David Wilner (CfA), Meredith Hughes (Wesleyan); 15-19 February 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas exact date TBA
The Cosmic Cycle of Dust and Gas in the Galaxy: from Old to Young Stars 9-13 July 2018 Quy Nhon, Vietnam at ICISE