European ALMA Regional Centre

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.

Unlike its partner ARCs in North America and Japan, the European ARC is organized as a coordinated network of scientific support nodes distributed across Europe. The central node is located at ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München and carries the responsibility for all the core ARC activities as well as the coordination of the additional science support provided by the regional nodes.

The European ARC is the point of contact for European ALMA users from the moment of proposal submission to the actual distribution of calibrated data and subsequent analysis via the ALMA Helpdesk.

European ARC nodes

The central European ARC node is located at the ESO headquarters in Garching bei München. A distributed network of ARC nodes is being set up to provide services to the community. ARC nodes are currently set up throughout Europe at the following locations:

Bonn-Cologne

Country: Germany
Contact person: F. Bertoldi
Expertise: advanced data analysis and modeling (including Cologne Database for Molecular Spectroscopy), polarimetry, zero-spacings correction for continuum data
Local web pages

Bologna

Country: Italy
Contact person: J. Brand
Expertise: Data handling/GRID-technology, Mosaicing, Coordinating surveys/key-projects, Polarimetry
Local web pages

Onsala

Countries: Denmark, Sweden, Finland
Contact person: W. Vlemmings
Expertise: Multi-Frequency Synthesis, Phase modeling, Self-calibration, Astrometry, Deconvolution, GRID computing, Astrochemical modellingand radiation transfer
Local web pages

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IRAM, Grenoble

Countries: France, Spain, Germany
Contact person: F. Gueth
Expertise: Calibration, Phase correction, Polarimetry, Imaging simulator, Schools
Local web pages

Allegro, Leiden

Country: The Netherlands
Contact person: M. Hogerheijde
Expertise: High-frequency, Wide field imaging, Data analysis tools
Local web pages

Manchester

Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: T. Muxlow
Expertise: Data analysis, Archive, Data reduction heuristics, Proposal preparation, Multi-Frequency-Synthesis and Wide-field & high-dynamic range imaging
Local web pages

Ondrejov

Countries: Czech Republic
Contact person: M. Karlicky
Expertise: Solar and (extra)galactic astrophysics, Laboratory measurements of molecular spectral lines, Observation planning, Data quality check, Data storage and processing, Data reduction using CASA
Local web pages

Would you like more information on the European ARC and the services provided? Download the Guide to the European ARC.

Questions?

Please direct any questions or comments to the ALMA Helpdesk. Detailed technical information about ALMA, including software download and documentation can be found at the ALMA Science Portal.


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