Welcome to ALMA and the European ALMA Regional Centre!

ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is the world's 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 addition, 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 read the latest Announcements from the European ARC Network.. More details and up-to-date information can be found in the News section and the ALMA Science Portal.

ORP funding available for face-to-face visits

Published: 25 May 2022

ORP (Opticon Radionet Pilot) funding is available for travel to one of the European ALMA Regional Centre nodes in Europe, for ALMA users who need face-to-face support for their ALMA projects. Users wishing to apply for ORP funding should fill out the form in addition to submitting a Helpdesk ticket that is required to arrange the ARC node visit. Face-to-face visits to ARC nodes can be arranged for assistance with data calibration and analysis, proposal preparation, and archive research projects.

ALMA Science Archive School

Published: 25 May 2022

The European ARC Network organises an ALMA Science Archive School at the Italian ARC node headquarters in Bologna, on 5-7 October 2022. To register for the meeting please make use of the registration form, that will remain open until July 15th 2022.

Submission of Stage 1 Ranks and reviews of Cycle 9 Proposals

Published: 24 May 2022

The deadline for submission of the Stage 1 ranks and reviews of the ALMA Cycle 9 proposals is Wednesday, June 1 at 15:00 UTC. If ranks and reviews are not submitted by the Stage 1 review deadline, the proposal for which you are acting as the designated reviewer will be rejected.

ALMA recounts of cosmic conundrums: What do comets tell us about the origin of Earth?

Published: 21 May 2022

The next talk of the series will be presented by Nicolas Biver (LESIA, Observatoire de Paris), on June 1st at 14:00 CEST, who will address the question: What do comets tell us about the origin of Earth? The talk will be broadcast on theYoutube channel of the European ALMA Regional Centre network.


I-TRAIN #15: ALMA simulations with CASA

Published: 20 May 2022

The European ARC Network invites users to an online training on simulating ALMA data with CASA on June 17th, 11:00 CEST [Zoom link]

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