ALMA DATAThe first ALMA Science data are now public. These data are accessible through the Science Portal without user registration. Data still within its proprietary period (usually 12 months) is only accessible to PIs.
ALMA Early Science Cycle 1: Outcome of the Proposal Review ProcessThe scientific assessment of the 1133 science proposals submitted for ALMA Early Science Cycle 1 has been completed. Seventy-eight science assessors from all over the world have evaluated the expected scientific value of these proposals. As a result, the most promising proposals of each ALMA region have been selected as those most likely to be completed using the ALMA Cycle 1 capabilities, after their technical feasibility was confirmed by fifteen technical assessors from the Joint ALMA Observatory and the three ALMA Regional Centers.
The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array is a revolutionary instrument currently under construction located on the Chajnantor plain of the Chilean Andas, 5000 m above sea level. It will consist of 66 antennas, operated in interferometric mode, to explore the millimeter and submillimeter window with unprecedent sensitivity and angular resolution.
ALMA is an international collaboration between East Asia, Europe and North America. Astronomers of the different participating countries will interact with ALMA via ALMA Regional Centres (ARC). In Europe, a main Regional Centre is located in Garching, Germany, and several ARC nodes are spread over the continent.
The Czech ARC nodeThe Czech ARC node should provide regional support to applicants from countries of the Central and Eastern European region, e.g. from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary etc., that are not ESO members yet, and to Czech ALMA users. It will provide especially the following services:
(1) scientific and technical support to ALMA users in the fields that are not yet covered, or are covered only partially, with other existing European ARC nodes, especially: (i) solar and (extra) galactic astrophysics, (ii) laboratory measurements of molecular spectral lines,
(2) observation planning, data quality check,
(3) data storage and processing, data reduction using CASA.
The Czech ARC node is to be formed as a consortium of the Astronomical Institute, ASCR and the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in Prague, with further cooperation with the Charles University in Prague and the Masaryk University in Brno.
Link to working version of the Czech ARC node proposal (pdf).
Link to presentation of the Czech ARC node (ppt).
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