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ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals is now closed
Approximately 1,600 proposals were received by the Joint ALMA Observatory in response to this Call.
The ALMA Proposal Review Committee will meet 20-24 June 2016 to assess the proposals. Principal Investigator notifications are scheduled for delivery at the end of July.
NA ALMA Development - Cycle 4 Study Proposals
March 1, 2016
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites interested parties in the North American ALMA partnership to submit proposals for "Development Studies of Upgrades for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)." (read more)
ALMA Measures Mass of Black Hole with Extreme Precision
May 5, 2016
Supermassive black holes, some weighing millions to billions of times the mass of the Sun, dominate the centers of their host galaxies. To determine the actual mass of a supermassive black hole, astronomers must measure the strength of its gravitational pull on the stars and clouds of gas that swarm around it. (read more)
Come and Visit the NAASC
The datasets for all of the observations taken in Cycle 0 have been delivered to PIs. NRAO would like to take this opportunity to remind Cycle 0 and 1 investigators of the services available to assist in the analysis of ALMA data. Investigators who would like to re-process their datasets from the original raw files, or who would like advice on analyzing the calibrated datasets they have received, are welcomed to visit. In Charlottesville, financial support is available for two visitors from each project (if the second visitor is a student); in Victoria, visits are encouraged although no financial support is possible. In instances where the data reduction and analysis questions are few or minor, investigators may elect to interact with staff via phone or video connection, or by submitting Helpdesk queries any time of the year at https://help.almascience.org/ .
Feedback on ALMA data analysis tools is greatly appreciated. Please communicate any obstacles encountered in the path from data delivery to publication by submitting a Helpdesk ticket. In particular, has a lack of computing resources, software for analysis, visualization, plotting, or other "tools" proven to be a difficulty? As NRAO moves forward, it will be useful to our planning to understand current gaps in the path from telescope to scientific results. NRAO thanks you for your participation in ALMA Early Science, we look forward to hearing from you and providing assistance as you prepare Cycle 2 proposals.
For more information about the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC), please contact Micheal Ivory at 434-296-0308 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.