New version of the ALMA OST

A new version of the ALMA observation support tool (OST), compatible with cycle 3, has been released.


ALMA Cycle 3 science preparation workshops

In preparation for the ALMA Cycle 3 proposal deadline, Allegro organizes a number of "mini-workshops" on ALMA science and proposal preparation. These half-day workshops will be held in collaboration with two of the NOVA networks, and focus on Galaxies & Cosmology (NW1), and the Galaxy and Star and Planet Formation (NW2). Researchers working on Compact Objects, Black Holes, and Neutron Stars (NW3) are encouraged to attend (parts of) the NW1 or NW2 workshops, or a short presentation in Nijmegen on Tuesday March 24.

Each workshop will consist of

  • ALMA Cycle 3 capabilities
  • Highlights of recent ALMA results in the NW-science area
  • Short contributions from participants
  • Discussion on proposal ideas and possibilities
  • Tips, tricks, and ways in which Allegro can help

Tuesday March 10, 1300-1700, Amsterdam. Links to the talks given:

  • Luke Maud, 'Recent Science Highlights': pdf key
  • Markus Schmalzl, 'Tips and Tricks': pdf odp
  • Tim van Kempen, 'Preparing for ALMA Cycle 3': pdf key

Tuesday March 24, Nijmegen: 30-min presentation on Cycle3 capabilities

Wednesday April 1, 1030-1500, Groningen (Kapteyn): Network 1 (sign up here)

Please sign up for the NW meetings through the links above; if you wish to give a short (5-10 min) presentation on an ALMA result or a proposal idea, please email


New Science Verification Datasets

JAO has released new Science Verification Datasets (see the full announcenment here). The release contains the following data:

  • VY CMa: water masers at Bands 7 and 9, demonstrating the 1-3 km baseline capability
  • Comet Lemmon: the HCN line in Band 6, demonstrating the Doppler tracking of ephemeris targets

They can be downloaded from the ALMA Science Portal.



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