European ARC Announcements

European ARC Announcements are provided by ESO and the European ALMA Nodes that together make up the European ALMA Regional Centre Network.

I-TRAIN #22: Introduction to XCLASS

Published: 22 Jan 2024

The European ARC Network invites users to an introduction to the eXtended CASA Line Analysis Software Suite (XCLASS) on February 16th, 11:00 CET [Zoom].

Job Advertisement: Postdoctoral Researcher for an ALMA Advanced Data Product pipeline

Published: 15 Jan 2024

The Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) division at Chalmers University is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to lead the development of an Advanced Data Product (ADP) pipeline for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). The position is for two years with the possibility of extension. It is expected that 50% of the time of this postdoc will be dedicated to the ADP pipeline effort, and 50% to pursue research in own scientific interests.

The full advertisement and application procedure for this position can be found here. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2024.

Development study on science cases and technical considerations for ALMA focal plane arrays kicks off

Published: 10 Jan 2024

A new development study, led by the Cosmic DAWN Center (DAWN) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU, Cophenhagen), started on 10 January 2024. The study aims to explore the feasibility and scientific impact of using focal plane arrays (FPAs) to improve the mapping speed of ALMA, while maintaining its exquisite spatial resolution.

Announcement for early proposal planning for Cycle 11

Published: 20 Dec 2023

ALMA is making the following information available to assist with early proposal planning for Cycle 11.

Key dates (anticipated) for Cycle 11:

  • 21 March 2024: Release of the ALMA Cycle 11 Call for Proposals and Observing Tool, and opening of the archive for proposal submission
  • 25 April 2024: Proposal submission deadline
  • October 2024: Start of Cycle 11 observations, spanning 12 months

Development study on advanced waveguide component technologies kicks off

Published: 19 Dec 2023

A new development study, led by the Group of Advanced Receiver Development (GARD, Chalmers University, Sweden) started on 19 December 2023. The study aims to improve the sensitivity of ALMA receivers by developing a new low-loss construction technique for the waveguide components. 

Registration and abstract submission now open for the workshop "The promises and challenges of the ALMA Wideband Sensitivity Upgrade"

Published: 19 Dec 2023

As previously announced, the workshop 'The promise and challenges of the ALMA Wideband Sensitivity Upgrade' will take place at ESO - Garching from the 24th to the 28th of June, 2024. This upgrade constitutes the top priority of the ALMA 2030 roadmap. It consists of an increase of the instantaneous spectral bandwidth by as much as a factor of four, while retaining full spectral resolution over the entire bandwidth, thus resulting in increases of the spectral scan speed up to a factor of 50 for the highest spectral resolution. In addition, an upgrade of the full signal chain of ALMA — from the receivers and digitizers, all the way through to the correlated data — will result in increases in sensitivity for all observations. 

Restart of the Cycle 10 antenna relocations

Published: 18 Dec 2023

ALMA is pleased to announce that, following the successful repairs of ALMA transporter Otto, antenna relocations towards completing Configuration 7 started on November 25. In order to catch up with the original configuration calendar announced at the start of Cycle 10, almost continuous antenna relocations are envisaged up until December 28. As a consequence, the first visits to Configurations 6, 5, 4 and 3 will be shorter than originally planned. However, these configurations will be revisited later in the cycle.

I-TRAIN #21: Introduction to VLBI: Science and Proposals (Part I)

Published: 17 Dec 2023

The European ARC Network invites users to an introduction to Very Long Baseline Interferometry with ALMA (Part I) on January 19th, 11:00 CET [Zoom].

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