Upcoming workshop "The promises and challenges of the ALMA Wideband Sensitivity Upgrade" - Deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2024

Published: 27 Feb 2024

This is a reminder that the deadline for abstract submission [https://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/2024/wsu/abstract/submission-open.html] for contributed talks on the 1st of March 2024 is approaching.  

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. A description of the WSU technical capabilities and the science case motivating the upgrade and is available at Carpenter et al. 2022 [https://arxiv.org/abs/2211.00195].

The aim of this workshop is to widely present the upgrade and engage the community by showcasing the science that will be enabled in the upcoming years. At the same time, we will also solicit input from the ALMA community that will be used to inform priorities during the commissioning phase.

The workshop will be organised in sessions combining invited, solicited and contributed talks on technical and scientific topics and leaving ample room for discussion. Topics for discussion related to the upgrade can be suggested in the registration page [https://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/2024/wsu/registration/registration-open.html]. In addition, digital posters can be submitted for display during the workshop.

In-person attendance is strongly encouraged to enhance interaction between technical experts and scientists, discussion and community input. We recommend early registration [https://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/2024/wsu/registration/registration-open.html] and hotel booking to avoid increased hotel fees during the workshop period.

Remote participation will be enabled.

Please contact alma-wsu-2024@eso.org if you have any questions.