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Abbreviations, Acronyms, Definitions, and Useful URLs

AAT Archive Access Tool; https://data.nrao.edu
DDT Director’s Discretionary Time
LBO Long Baseline Observatory
LST Local Sidereal Time
NRAO Science Helpdesk https://help.nrao.edu/
Open Skies Open Skies observing time is when any scientist, regardless of nationality or residence, can apply for time on an instrument through a peer-reviewed process. The percentage of time that is considered Open Skies depends on the facility.
OPT Observation Preparation Tool; https://obs.vla.nrao.edu/opt/; requires login
PFT Proposal Finder Tool; https://library.nrao.edu/proposals
PI Principal Investigator
PST Proposal Submission Tool; https://my.nrao.edu; requires login
RCT Resource Catalog Tool; https://obs.vla.nrao.edu/rct; requires login
SCT Source Catalog Tool; https://obs.vla.nrao.edu/sct; requires login
Science Program https://science.nrao.edu/science/science-program and https://greenbankobservatory.org/science/gbt-observers/proposals/past-proposal-calls/
SRDP Science Ready Data Products
SRP Science Review Panel
TAC Telescope Time Allocation Committee
TTA Telescope Time Allocation
ToO Target of Opportunity
VLA Configuration

The antennas in the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) are placed in specific configurations. There are four basic antenna arrangements, called configurations, whose scales vary by the ratios 1 : 3.28 : 10.8 : 35.5 from smallest to largest. These configurations are denoted D, C, B, and A, respectively.

VLA configuration cycle; The VLA completes one cycle through all four configurations in an approximately 16 month period. See https://public.nrao.edu/vla-configurations/ for current and up-to-date configuration schedules and associated proposal deadlines.