Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science

Announcement from the German Node

The course “Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science”, held in English at the university of Bonn in April-July 2016, offers a hands-on overview of major aspects of radio/mm/submm interferometry for master students, PhD students and senior astronomers. The course also comprises hands-on tutorials, where participants learn how to reduce interferometric data with the widely used astronomical software packages AIPS and CASA.

The lectures start with a general introduction to radio interferometry and data reduction, followed by an overview of various fields of research and the special observing modes that they require, given by experts of the respective fields. The latest developments of selected world-leading radio/mm/submm interferometers will be presented as well.

Master students enrolled at the universities of Bonn and Cologne can take this course for credit. Other students and senior astronomers interested in the topic are very welcome to attend as well. We will offer remote access to the lectures and tutorials on a best efforts basis. Remote connections are in general possible to any European astronomical institutes, however, preference will be given to institutes from the local community (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). If you would like to follow the course from a remote location, please contact us before 1 April.

More information will be posted by late January on the homepage of the German ARC node at


Dr. Stefanie Mühle
Universität Bonn
Argelander-Institut für Astronomie
European ALMA Regional Centre – German node
Auf dem Hügel 71
53121 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0)228 733662

Credit: A. Sanchez-Monge

ALMA Cycle 3 workshops Mar-Apr 2015

The workshops to prepare for ALMA cycle 3 proposals will be divided between NOVA interest groups as follows:
Network 1 (Galaxies, cosmology): Groningen, April 1
Network 2 (Galaxy, star and planet formation): Amsterdam, March 10
Network 3 (Compact objects, black holes, neutron stars): Nijmegen, tbd

ALMA Cycle workshop and NL Submillimeter Day 20-21 June 2012

Joint ALMA Cycle 1 workshop and NL Submillimeter Day
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:58

We are happy to announce a two-day workshop on ALMA Cycle 1 scientific capabilities held jointly with a NL Submillimeter Day. The meeting will take place on Wednesday June 20 and Thursday June 21 at Leiden Observatory.

On the first day we will introduce the scientific capabilities for ALMA Cycle 1, which will run from January 1 2013 until November 2013, with a proposal deadline in mid July 2012. In the afternoon we will discuss (other) submillimeter developments in the Netherlands, and discuss future prospects.

On the second day, we will demonstrate the ALMA proposal preparation software, with an emphasis on the new capabilities compared to Cycle 0. This will be followed by a hands-on training using this software. The use of software to simulate ALMA observations of scientific targets will also be demonstrated.

CASA Cycle 0 PI Workshop 12-14 Dec 2011

Allegro organised a CASA Workshop from Monday, 12 Dec to Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011, which was dedicated to the PIs and co-Is of successful ALMA Cycle 0 proposals.

ALMA Early Science Cycle 0 Workshop

This workshop provided an overview of the Early Science call and a hands-on tutorial on the Observing Tool (OT) and CASA as well as help with proposal preparation for Cycle 0. See also this page for more information on the call for Early Science.
Workshop material

OT Download OT here
CASA Download CASA here
BIMA data set with CASA tutorial
simdata() material
other FITS viewer/editor, for example Fv


Participants are asked to bring their own laptop for the hands-on sessions and to have the OT and CASA installed beforehand.Both OT and CASA can be downloaded for Go to “Documents & Tools” –> “Tools” where you will find links to both OT and CASA.

In the hands-on session we will be working on a BIMA data set in CASA. The data set can be downloaded here (66MB).

For the ALMA simulator we will use a Spitzer image as a “sky model”. Download the FITS file here.

See this page for detailed travel directions to Leiden observatory. The workshop will be held in rooms 207 (Wednesday 20) and 214 (Thursday 21) on the second floor of the Huygens building.

Coffee and Tea will be provided during the coffee breaks. Lunch is not included.
Final program

Wednesday, April 20

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome & logistics
09:40 – 10:40 Introduction to ALMA and Early Science (Martin Zwaan, ESO)
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee
11:00 – 12:00 Introduction to writing ALMA proposals + discussion (Michiel Hogerheijde, Allegro)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:40 Science tools (Floris van der Tak, SRON)
13:40 – 14:00 LIME and ARTIST (Christian Brinch, Allegro)
14:00 – 14:45 OT tutorial (Agnes Kospal, Allegro)
14:45 – 17:00 OT hands-on w/coffee

Thursday, April 21

09:00 – 10:00 Talks by participants (see below)
10:00 – 10:45 User support by Allegro during the early science phase + discussion (Michiel Hogerheijde, Allegro)
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee
11:15 – 12:15 The ALMA simulator (Eelco van Kampen, ESO)
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:00 Introduction to CASA (Christian Brinch, Allegro)
14:00 – 16:00 How to simulate ALMA data, hands-on session (Various codes, from simple RADEX to complex radiative transfer and the CASA ‘simdata’ tool)

Talk by participants: Pamela Klaassen (Ionized and Molecular Gas Dynamics in Massive Star Forming Regions), Attila Juhasz (Testing planet formation theories with CO observations of transitional disks), Nienke van der Marel (Transitional disks), Edo Loenen (Spectral line imaging of nearby galaxies), Gergö Popping (Gas predictions of high redshift galaxies). 10 minutes each.