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ALMA Development Studies and Projects History

by Carolyn Hunsinger last modified Jun 13, 2017 by Arielle Moullet

ALMA Development Projects

The results of the Cycle 5  ALMA Development Project Call are not available yet. Seven proposals were received, from thirty-six investigators at nine institutions in the U.S. and Canada

Project TitlePINotes
Design and testing of a prototype Band-2 Cartridge Saini (NRAO)
Expansion of the Central LO Article to 5 Subarrays Jacques (NRAO) 2012 SPIE Astronomical Instrumentation - presentation
Band 3 Cold Cartridge Assembly Magnet and Heater Installation for Deflux Operation Knee (NRC/HIA)
ALMA Data Mining Toolkit: ADMIT Mundy (UMD) http://admit.astro.umd.edu/admit/
Next generation viewer: CARTA Rosolowsky (U. Alberta) http://cartavis.github.io/
ALMA Phasing Project (JAO/NA?EU) Doelman (MIT/Harvard)
Fiber optic data link from the OSF http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?articleid=2540598
ALMA Band 5 (EU/NA)
ALMA Band 1 (EA/EU/CL/NA) Kemper (ASIAA)


ALMA Development Studies


Cycle 4

The results of the Cycle 4 call for ALMA Development Studies were reported in eNews August 2016: https://science.nrao.edu/enews/9.7/index.shtml

Note: the due date for Reports for Cycle 4 Studies has not yet occurred.


Cycle 4 Study TitlePINotes
Development of 2nd Generation SIS Receivers for ALMA Kerr (NRAO)
Prototype of a Complete Dual-Linear 2SB Block and a Single-Polarization Balanced 2SB Block Henke (NRC-HIA)
 Digital Back End Antenna Article Ford (NRAO)
Diversifying the Scientific Applications of the ALMA Phasing System Matthews (MIT)


Cleaning Up Interactive Cleaning Rosolowsky (U. Alberta)


Total Power Map to Visibilities Koda (Stony Brook)


Cycle 3

Results from the third call for ALMA Development Studies (Cycle 3) were reported in eNews Dec 2015: https://science.nrao.edu/enews/8.11/index.shtml
15 submissions were received from 15 PIs with teams totaling 53 investigators from 19 institutions; 7 were funded.

Note: the due date for Reports for Cycle 3 Studies has not yet occurred.



Cycle 3 Study TitlePINotes
Extensions & Enhancements to the ALMA Phasing System L. Matthews, MIT
Spectral Resolution and Bandwidth Upgrade of the ALMA Correlator R. Lacasse, NRAO
Improving the Calibration of Atmospheric Spectral Features T. Hunter, NRAO
Pulsars, Magnetars, and Transients with Phased ALMA J. Cordes, Cornell
Feature Extraction and Data Cube Visualization through Topology P. Rosen, U of Utah https://arxiv.org/abs/1704.04561
Advanced Materials and On-wafer Chip Evaluation: 2nd Generation A. Lichtenberger, UVA
Digital Correlation and Phased Array Architectures J. Weintroub, SAO


Cycle 2

The second call for ALMA Development Studies (Cycle 2) was reported in eNews Feb 2014:
9 submissions were received from 8 PIs with teams totaling 41 investigators from 17 institutions; 6 were funded.


Cycle 2 Study Title



Advanced Solar Observing

T. Bastian, NRAO

Study has resulted in ALMA offering solar observations in Cycle 4 Observations

2nd Generation Band 10 Receiver

A. Kerr, NRAO

Community Science Tool Development

A. Leroy, NRAO

2nd Generation Band 6 Receiver

A. Kerr, NRAO

Millimeter Camera

S. Claude, NRC-Herzberg

Calibration Refinements for ALMA Imaging

T. Wilson, NRL

Cycle 1

 The first call for ALMA Development Studies (Cycle 1) was reported in eNews: https://science.nrao.edu/enews/5.6/index.shtml#almadev.
77 investigators associated with 26 institutions responded to the Call with a total of 21 Study Proposals, of which the following 8 were funded.


Cycle 1 Study Title

Second Generation Receiver for ALMA Band 6 (Study continues into Cycle 2) Anthony R. Kerr (NRAO)
Ultra-wideband quantum limited amplifiers for receiver frontends D. Woody (Caltech)
Design Study for Production of the Band 2 Cartridges Eric Bryerton (NRAO) Study has become a Cycle 2 ALMA Development Project: Design and Testing of a Prototype Band-2 Cartridge (PI: K. S. Saini)
A Visualization Portal for ALMA Data E. Rosolowski (UBC-Okanagan) Study has become a Cycle 2 ALMA Development Project: The Next Generation ALMA Viewer (PI: E, Rosolowsky)
Millimeter/Submillimeter VLBI with ALMA Jeff Kern (NRAO) Study was associated with an ALMA Development Project now reaching realization: The ALMA Phasing Project (PI: S. Doeleman, MIT)
Unleashing Large Dataset Science Lee Mundy (Univ. Maryland) Study has become a Cycle 2 Development Project: ALMA Data Mining Toolkit: ADMIT (PI: Lee Mundy)
Increasing the ALMA Data Rate B. Glendenning (NRAO) NOTE: Study proposal was withdrawn
ALMA Band 1 Receiver Development Study P.T.P. Ho (ASIAA) Study has become an ALMA Development Project led by East Asia, in collaboration with North America and Universidad de Chile