ALMA Software Tutorial

Tuesday 18 January 2011


Laurel Point Inn

The tutorial is now underway!  PDF files of the presentation parts of the tutorial can be retrieved by clicking on the title or content of the talk.

The software tutorial will give participants a chance to get hands-on experience of using the ALMA Observing Tool (OT) and the Simulator, with an introduction to CASA, assisted by experts from the NAASC and NRC.  Bring your ideas for an Early Science proposal!


- Install and verify that the OT works on own laptop.  Click here for instructions on installing the OT.

- Install and verify that CASA works on own laptop.  Click on to install CASA.


- Learn the process of applying for ALMA Early Science and user tools available to the users.

- Learn about the available information and help (helpdesk) provided by the NAASC/NRC.

- Learn how to use OT-Phase I and submit a proposal

- Learn how to use SIMDATA to simulate an early science observation

Click on the session content or title to retrieve a pdf file of the presentation.

Time Title of Session Content
0900-0945 ALMA Overview Welcome, and an overview of the tools and resources available to the user.   Touch on the following important user tools: Website(s), Primer, Mousepad, HelpDesk, OT, CASA / SIMDATA, Splatalogue.
0945-1015 OT Demo / Splatalogue
On-screen walk through of a simple example of an Early Science case. Users will already have downloaded the OT and the science primer examples will be available as aot files for the user to walk through. - Go through all the basic steps of using the OT
- Set PI, CO-Is
- Abstract, putting in sci-just, tech just
- Target list / source entry
- Setting up correlator, choosing a line, setting the LO et

1015-1030 Hands-on OT time Start playing with the OT on your own with guidance from NAASC/HIA staff. 
1030-1100 Coffee  
1100-1200 Hands on OT time More hands-on OT 
1200-1315 LUNCH LUNCH
1315-1345 What it CASA?
CASA overview, including functionality, current status and future
development, and what resources are available for both experts and
non-experts to learn how to reduce interferometric data in CASA.
1345-1415 SIMData Demo   SIMData overview. How it works, with a couple of basic examples 
1410-1500 Coffee Break

1500-1700 SIMData hands-on Users use their own favorite object and try and simulate it.   NAASC/HIA staff will be there to assist.


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