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Cycle 6 Proposal Submission Statistics

A detailed report of the Cycle 6 Proposal Submission Statistics is now available.

The future of ALMA support at the 42nd ESO Users Committee

The ESO Users Committee (UC) annual meeting will take in Garching…

ALMA Cycle 6 Call for Proposals in now open

The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO)…

Proposal Preparation Day - April 9th, 2018

Prior to the deadline for the ALMA Cycle 6 proposal submission, Allegro will host a Proposal Preparation Day.

Sera Markoff and Remo Tilanus at Astronomy on Tap!

In the first event of the year of Astronomy on Tap in Leiden,…

New Science Verification data available: High-resolution observations of HL Tau in Band 4

New Science Verification data are now listed on the Science Verification data page.

Powerful New Hardware Approved for ALMA

The development of a new spectrometer for the Morita Array has been approved by the ALMA Board.

ALMA Cycle 6 Pre-announcement

The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) will start the next cycle of observing (Cycle 6) in October 2018.

Contributions from Allegro to the EU ARC Newsletter

Contributions from Allegro team are highlighted in the new edition of the European ARC Newsletter.

Me@Allegro at the Leiden Science Run

Your local ARC node members will run in the Leiden Science Run…

WVR scaling module is now available

Software package to optimise the application of the WVR solutions for ALMA Observations from Maud et al. 2017 (A&A, 605, 121)

Allegro hosted the EU ARC All-hands meeting

During the last week of September the staff working in all the European ARC nodes had their yearly meeting in Den Dolder (NL).

Updated ALMA Configuration Schedule for Cycle 5

The anticipated configuration schedule for Cycle 5 is available at the following link. The schedule was modified from that posted in the Cycle 5 Proposer's Guide.

ALMA Cycle 5 Proposal Review: Detailed Report

A detailed report on the outcome of the ALMA Cycle 5 Proposal Review Process is now available. The report details the proposal review process, proposal statistics and regional distributions, as well as the proposal distribution across science categories and receiver bands. The report can be downloaded here.

Status of ALMA Observations and Relocation to Long Baselines

The ALMA Observatory has experienced back to back severe winter storms, making it difficult to recover the 12-m array for PI observations. This has had an even more detrimental impact on the relocation to the long baselines.

Cycle 5 Phase 2 deadline

The Cycle 5 Phase 2 deadline by which approved projects need to be submitted to the archive is anticipated to be Sept 7th 2017. Find this announcement in the ALMA Science Portal.

Supplemental Call for Proposals to use the 7-m Array in Cycle 4

The ALMA Director announces that the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) will accept observing proposals that request to use the 7-m Array in the remainder of Cycle 4, which ends on September 30, 2017. This proposal call enables the community to propose projects that will fill in undersubscribed regions of the observing queue for the 7-m Array.

ALMA Cycle 5 Call for Proposals in now open

The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) and the partner organizations in East Asia, Europe, and North America, is pleased to announce the ALMA Cycle 5 Call for Proposals (CfP) for scientific observations to be scheduled from October 2017 to September 2018.

Special Session SS20 at EWASS - Prague, 26 – 30 June 2017

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) Special Session No. 20, "Science with ALMA: Discoveries, future priorities and user support", will be held on June 26 in Prague. Further details on the S220 site.

Netherlands ALMA Community Day - March 2, 2017

Allegro is organizing a science day on Thursday March 2, 2017, at Leiden Observatory. The full program and details are available.

ALMA Data Reduction with CASA Training Day - March 3, 2017

For those interested, ALMA data reduction training with CASA will be offered on Friday March 3. Full program and details are available.

Additional information for ALMA Cycle 5 proposals

Additional information for ALMA Cycle 5 proposals has been published.

ALMA Cycle 5 Pre-announcement

The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) will start the next cycle of…

ALMA Cycle 1 & 2 Summary Report

A detailed report on ALMA Cycles 1 & 2 is now available. The…

ALMA Band 5 Science Verification data release

A new installment of ALMA Science Verification data is available.…

March 2-3, 2017: Netherlands ALMA Community Day & ALMA Data Reduction Training Day -- Announcement

Allegro is organizing a science day on Thursday March 2, 2017, at Leiden Observatory. For those interested, ALMA data reduction training with CASA will be offered on Friday March 3.

ALMA & Allegro phase metrics workshop - Online presentations and presentation review

Please, find the presentations in the following zip file: …

Black Hole Fed by Cold Intergalactic Deluge

An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has witnessed a cosmic weather event that has never been seen before -- a cluster of towering intergalactic gas clouds raining in on the supermassive black hole at the centre of a huge galaxy one billion light-years from Earth.

Registration open for "Half a Decade of ALMA: Cosmic Dawns Transformed"

Registration is now OPEN for the "Half a Decade of ALMA: Cosmic Dawns Transformed" (http://go.nrao.edu/ALMA5years) conference which will be held 20 - 23 September 2016 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort in Indian Wells, California, USA (near Palm Springs).

Postdoctoral Support Position at the ALMA ARC node at Leiden Observatory

Allegro, the Netherlands node of the European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) at Leiden Observatory, invites applications for a postdoctoral support position. As part of the European ARC network, Allegro supports ALMA users and ALMA operations and development.

ALMA Phase Correction Workshop

A workshop focused on how to improve the ALMA phase corrections is jointly organized by the ALMA observatory and Allegro. It will be held at Leiden Observatory from May 30 - Jun 3. Participation is by invitation only.

New OT Version, the Project Tracker, and Clarification of Full Polarization Capabilities

Information related to the new version of the ALMA Observing Tool (OT) for preparing Cycle-4 proposals, the Project Tracker as well as a clarification on full polarization capabilities are now available in this link to the ALMA General News.

Clarification of Large Program Policy

Several clarifications related to the Large Program Policy for Cycle 4 are now available in this link to the ALMA General News.

Notification of problem affecting certain ALMA data that used mosaic and offset pointing observing modes

The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) has recently identified a problem affecting selected programs from Cycles 1 to 3 where positional offsets or mosaics were used to set up Scheduling Blocks in the ALMA Observing Tool. Read all the details in this link to the ALMA General News.

A Change in the ALMA Configuration Near the End of Cycle 3

The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) has examined the distribution of remaining QA2 non-Pass executions for the 5km array (C36-7) and has determined that given the distribution, the observatory will not revisit the 5km array near the end of the Cycle 3 observing season.

ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals is now open

The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) and the partner organizations in East Asia, Europe, and North America, is pleased to announce the ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals (CfP) for scientific observations to be scheduled from October 2016 to September 2017.

Expert advice from Allegro for ALMA Cycle 4 proposals

The Call for Proposals for ALMA Cycle 4 will come out on March 22, 2016. Deadline for proposal submission is April 21, 2016. We would like to remind you that Allegro offers expert advice on proposal feasibility, preparation, and optimization, via e-mail, phone, skype or face-to-face visit.

ALMA ARC Postdoc Position: Short Spacings and polarization

Announcement from the German Node
The German node of the European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) invites applications for a postdoc position based at Bonn university.

1-mm Very Long Baseline Interferometry including ALMA

The call for 1-mm Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) proposals to use phased ALMA at Band 6 in Cycle 4, in collaboration with the Event Horizon Telescope Consortium (EHTC), will be released to coincide with the ALMA Cycle 4 Call for Proposals in March 2016.

ALMA Proposal Preparation Day 2016

Announcement from the Italian Node
In preparation to the ALMA Cycle 4 proposal submission deadline of April 21st, the Italian node of the European ARC is organizing an "ALMA proposal preparation day" to support the ALMA users to prepare their proposals. This meeting will be held at the INAF-Osservatorio di Radioastronomia, Bologna, on the 11-12th of April.

Call for Proposals for APEX/SEPIA Band 9

A new Band 9 receiver was installed inside the Swedish ESO PI receiver for Apex (SEPIA) at APEX in early February. This receiver, built by NOVA, is a copy of the ALMA Band 9 receiver, and covers frequencies from 600 to 722 GHz.

ALMA Cycle 4 Information for Large Programs

As indicated in the Pre-announcement for the Cycle 4 Call for Proposals, the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) will accept proposals for Large Programs for the first time in Cycle 4.

Conference Announcement: Half a Decade of ALMA

This international four-day (September 20 - 23, 2016) conference will highlight ALMA results at the threshold of the array's fifth year of science operations and bring together researchers from around the world to motivate collaborations for ALMA Cycle 5.

German ALMA Community Days 2016

Announcement from the German Node To prepare the local astronomical community for Cycle 4, the German ARC node organizes the German ALMA Community Days 2016 at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie in Bonn on 6-8 April 2016.

New ALMA Science Verification Data

A new installment of Science Verification data is available. This release contains data on the following Science Verification target: IRAS16293-2422 spectral line observations in Band 4 (CH3CN, CH3OH) with the 12-m Array, demonstrating the Band 4 capability.

ALMA and GMVA Observations in Cycle 4

People interested in proposing VLBI observations with ALMA should be informed that ALMA will participate in some GMVA observations during ALMA Cycle 4 at 3mm wavelengths in the period Oct 1 2016 - Sept 30 2017.

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.

ALMA Cycle 3 workshops Mar-Apr 2015

The workshops to prepare for ALMA cycle 3 proposals will be divided between NOVA interest groups

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

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

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

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