The Czech ARC node
The 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).