"Preparing for ALMA" Activity

Goal: Develop "recipes" for an array of science cases relevant for ALMA Early Science, as a guide to the community for thinking of proposing for and observing with ALMA< including:
  • Can I do my science project (tools: ETC, simdata)
  • Writing a proposal (OT-phase I)
  • Observing with ALMA (OT-phase II)
  • Reducing my ALMA data

Table of Contents

Important Dates

  • Sept 28: material for Observatory Readiness Review submitted (including updated ALMA Primer)
  • Oct 11-12: Observatory Readiness Review: SciOps
  • Late October: OT "Public Preview" version release: TENTATIVE
  • Early Nov?: NAASC walk-thru with OT

Background Material


  • Follow the lead given in the examples that start on pg. 23 of the "ALMA Primer"
  • Items to include:
    • Science Goal
    • Receiver Band (which and why)
    • Angular Resolutions (FOV, resolution, LAS, any other scales like mosaic separation)
    • Spectral Resolution (most examples just mention one, but should consider how to use the entire available spectral window)
    • Sensitivity (channel and continuum)
    • Observing Time
    • Other (TP, ACA)
  • Could draw examples from ALMA "Design Science Reference Plan" (link to ESO site - need to bring in-house)
  • May be most useful to concentrate on projects suited for ALMA Early Science capabilities

Observing Tool, Phase-I

  • Follow the workflow used in "Planning your proposals", but explain how these would be turned into science goals and entered into the OT-phaseI.
  • ALMA Integrated Test 2: Your one-stop shopping page for using the OT. Instructions for downloading OT, links to user manual, guidelines for creating science goals, template library, etc.
  • Final step is to generate Phase-I "Schedule Blocks" (SBs) from your proposal. To do this... TBC

Observing Tool, Phase-II

  • You will start by opening your proposa and reviewing your phase-I SBs.
  • More after we learn more about this.



Additional Material:

-- JohnHibbard - 2010-05-17
Topic attachments
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CASAIntro_2010Feb07.pdfpdf CASAIntro_2010Feb07.pdf manage 1 MB 2010-05-17 - 15:25 JohnHibbard Introduction to CASA (presentation by Ott, Brogan & Myers for Summer School tutorial training, Feb 2010)
Topic revision: r13 - 2010-09-17, JohnHibbard
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