Welcome to ALMA and the European ALMA Regional Centre!

ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is the world-largest ground-based facility for observations in the millimeter/submillimeter regime located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile. It enables transformational research into the physics of the cold Universe, probes the first stars and galaxies, and directly images the formation of planets. ALMA comprises a giant array of fifty 12-m antennas, which can be configured to achieve baselines up to 16 km. It is equipped with state-of-the-art receivers that cover all the atmospheric windows up to 1 THz. In additional, a compact array of 7-m and 12-m antennas greatly enhance ALMA's ability to image extended sources.

The European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) provides the interface between the ALMA project and the European science community. It supports its users mainly in the areas of proposal preparation, observation preparation, data reduction, and data analysis.

Below you can the the latest EU ARC Announcements regarding these areas. More details and up-to-date information can be found in the News section and the ALMA Science Portal.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Italian ARC Node

Published: 25 Nov 2015

News from the Italian Node
The Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre in Bologna offers a post-doctoral fellowship.
The position is for 2+1 years; proposed starting date March 1, 2016. The deadline for submission is Friday Dec. 18, 12 UT.

First Cycle 3 data delivered to PIs

Published: 19 Nov 2015

On 11 Nov 2015, the EU ARC delivered the first science data (a ToO observation) of Cycle 3 to PIs.
This came closely after the release of the new CASA version 4.5 on 29 Oct 2015 (see http://casa.nrao.edu) which is needed to process Cycle 3 data.

ALMA Fellowships

Published: 15 Nov 2015

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is now offering postdoctoral fellowship positions to join the ALMA science operations group. Fellows will be based in the Santiago Central Office in Chile, with eventual shifts to the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF) near San Pedro de Atacama for real-time interaction with the telescope. Full details here.

ALMA Data Handling Workshop

Published: 15 Nov 2015

From the Italian Node:

The Italian ARC-node organizes a workshop on ALMA data reduction and analysis for the Italian community: 9-12 Feb. 2016, Bologna. 
For details and futher updates please visit the workshop web site: http://www.alma.inaf.it/index.php/ALMA_Data_Handling_Workshop

Report on ALMA Cycle 3 Proposal Review

Published: 07 Oct 2015

A detailed report on the outcome of the ALMA Early Science Cycle 3 Proposal Review Process is available. The report details the proposal review process, proposal statistics and regional distributions, the proposal distribution across science categories and receiver bands, as well as the anticipated observing pressure as a function of Local Sidereal Time and configuration. The accepted high priority Cycle 3 projects are listed here.

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