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Proposing to Use the NRAO Telescopes

by Purav Patel last modified Nov 29, 2011 by Mark Adams

American Astronomical Society – Austin Splinter Session

NRAO staff will present practical introductions to proposing for time on the four world-class facilities operated by the Observatory: the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA), the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA).

This Splinter Session will focus on capabilities available at the 1 February 2012 (EVLA,GBT,VLBA) and spring 2012 (ALMA Cycle 1) proposal deadlines. NRAO staff will introduce these capabilities, describe the primary technical considerations for writing a feasible proposal, and demonstrate proposal and observation preparation software. A short introduction will be provided to the CASA software data processing package, which in the case of ALMA includes the capability for simulating interferometer observations. Each session will include Q&A.

Presentation Schedule
Austin Convention Center, Level 3, Room 8

Wednesday 11 January 2012
ALMA                 5:30 - 7:30 p.m

ALMA Overview (Jim Braatz)

Technical Considerations for a Proposal (Scott Schnee)

Preparing a Proposal with the ALMA Observing Tool (Mark Lacy)

Thursday 12 January 2012
EVLA & VLBA      9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

GBT                 12:45 -  1:45 p.m.

CASA                 1:45 -  2:45 p.m.

Staff from each NRAO facility will also be available to consult with users at the NRAO booth in the AAS Exhibit Hall throughout the Austin AAS meeting.