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Useful Links for ALMA Cycle 8 Proposal Preparation

ALMA Proposal Preparation Day (online material)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The ALMA Director, along with the regional partners, have decided to delay the proposal deadline for the ALMA Cycle 8 Call for Proposals to NO EARLIER than 15 UT on 19 May, 2020. Therefore, Allegro has decided to postpone the Proposal Preparation Workshop of March 26 to a later date, approximately 3 weeks before the actual deadline (when this is decided).

For those who want to get started on their ALMA proposal still on the original schedule, we are providing a series of pre-recorded presentations:

which can be found below or on our YouTube channel.

Everyone is encouraged to e-mail Allegro with any questions that they may have after watching these presentations. We will answer all questions, either by e-mail or via an online session, and also collect Frequently Asked Questions in a constantly updated document. For your convenience, we have also created a toolbox with useful links to help you prepare your proposal.

We would like to highlight the possibility to submit Large Programs on both the main array (>50 hours) and ACA stand-alone (>150 hours). PIs who are considering a Large Program are encouraged to contact Allegro early to optimize your program and explore the many ways we can support your project.

PRESENTATIONS

 1. Welcome & ALMA Cycle 8 Capabilities (pdf file)

 2. Dual-Anonymous Proposal Review (pdf file)

 3. ALMA Observing Tool

Part 1/4: Introduction – download & installation (0:32), create a new proposal (3:13),
proposal information (4:50), proposal types (10:50)

Part 2/4: Science Goal Generation – general (2:30), field setup (3:30)

Part 3/4: Spectral Setup – continuum setup (1:30), spectral line setup (7:40)

Part 4/4: Calibration & Performance – synthesized beam (1:00), bandwidth for sensitivity (8:50),
technical justification (12:25), proposal summary (15:00), validation (19:30)

 4. Simulating ALMA Observations (pdf file)

Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us if you have questions, concerns, or need support. We would be happy to set up a remote meeting with you via a video link or other remote means.

 

You can register for the Proposal Preparation Day at the following link.

PARTICIPANTS  
Name Institution
Michiel Hogerheijde Leiden Observatory
Alvaro Hacar Leiden Observatory
Andres Perez-Sanchez Leiden Observatory
Aida Ahmadi Leiden Observatory
Alex Hygate Leiden Observatory
Lizette Guzman Leiden Observatory
Christian Ginski University of Amsterdam
Umit Kavak SRON/Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Sarah K Leslie Leiden Observatory
Kimberly Emig Leiden Observatory
Pooneh Nazari Leiden Observatory
Marta Frias Castillo Leiden Observatory
Leon Trapman Leiden Observatory
Benoit Tabone Leiden Observatory
Alice Booth Leiden Observatory
Robin Mentel Leiden Observatory
Jozsef Varga Leiden Observatory
Katharina Immer JIVE
Margot Leemker Leiden Observatory
Anna Bartkiewicz Nicolaus Copernicus University
Abigail Frost KU Leuven
Daniel Harsono ASIAA
Sofia Rojas MPIA
Helga Denes ASTRON

Allegro office open remotely

Allegro is complying with Leiden Observatory guidelines and all staff is now working remotely. The Allegro team is available for user support, which can be requested by e-mail and will be conducted via a video link or other remote means.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need support!

ALMA-VLBI QA2 Workshop– Leiden Lorentz Center, 24-28 February 2020

Allegro is hosting a QA2 training workshop for phased-ALMA data acquired during VLBI observations, which will be held in Leiden (the Netherlands), on February 24-28 2020.
VLBI is an observing mode offered since Cycle 4, and the first observations were conducted in Apr 2017. The QA2 process for VLBI projects is significantly more complex than the procedure for standard projects, requiring a close loop between ARCs, JAO and VLBI correlators.
The main goal of the workshop is to train ALMA astronomers so that the QA2 work load can be distributed across different regions. The training workshop will involve hands-on work on past cycles datasets.
This workshop is restricted to the trained QA2 analysts in ALMA Regional Centers (ARCs).

 

 

SOC / LOC:

 

Ciriaco Goddi (Chair) Allegro/Dutch ARC node
Geoff Crew Haystack/MIT
Ivan Marti-Vidal University of Valencia
Hugo Messias JAO
Stefanie Muehler German ARC node
Dirk Petry ESO
Helge Rottmann MPIfR
Registered participants:Abhijeet BorkarCzech node

 

European ARC nodes  
Lydia Moser German node
Rosita Paladino Italian node
Kazi Rygl Italian node
Andres Perez Allegro/Dutch node
Daniel Tafoya Nordic node
Tobia Carozzi Nordic node
Ciro Pappalardo PACE/Portuguese node
Adam Avison UK node
Anita Richards UK node
East Asia ARC  
Atsushi Miyazaki Japanese node
Jihyun Kang Korean node
Alfonso Trejo-Cruz Taiwanese node
North America ARC  
Brian Mason NRAO
Erica Keller NRAO
JAO  
David Rebolledo JAO
VLBI Correlators  
Jan Wagner MPIfR
Yurii Pidopryhora MPIfR
HOTELSYou could consider staying either close to the Lorentz Center (about 2.5 km from the center), or near the railway (Leiden Centraal) station (where the center begins).
There are regular buses from the Leiden Centraal station to the Lorentz Center (see the links below for more specific details if you will be coming by bus).
In alternative, you can look into renting a bike for your stay. You can pick this up at the railway station, at the rear (exit towards the hospital). Bikes costs 7.50 euro per day or 37.50 for a week.Near the workshop venue:

 

Hilton Garden Inn (500-m to the Lorentz Center, 4-stars)
Holiday Inn (950-m to the Lorentz Center, 4-stars)
Van der Valk Hotel (1.6-km to the Lorentz Center, 4-stars)

Near the train station / center of Leiden.

Golden Tulip Leiden-centre (Central station, 4-stars)
Fletcher Wellness-Hotel (Central station, 4-stars)
Tulip Inn Leiden-centre (Central station, 3-stars)
Ibis Leiden-centre (Central station, 3-stars)

Boutique Hotel d’Oude Morsch (Near Central station, 3.5-stars)
Best Western City Hotel (Center, 3-stars)

DIRECTIONS

 

-Directions to Leiden ObservatoryNote that this is not the old Observatory in the center of Leiden.There are regular buses from the Leiden Centraal station, buses 43 (direction Den Haag) or bus 57 (direction Nieuw Vennep). These take around 7 minutes. Please see the link below for more specific details if you will be coming by bus.

 

Instructions on how to get to Leiden Observatory, including transportation from Schiphol Airport, can be found here:
http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/howto.php
And a site map can be found here:
http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/map_LC_hotels_stat_web.php

lorentzcenter

The venue of the workshop is the Snellius building of the Lorentz Center. The Leiden Observatory and Allegro offices are located on the 4-5th and 11th floor, respectively, of The Huygens building (in front and to the right with respect to the Snellius building).

-Directions inside the building:

 

  • Room TBD on the 2nd floor of the Snellius building:
    hl_226
    At the entrance of the building there is a reception were they can provide you with directions.

Netherlands ALMA Science Day — 22 November 2019.

Allegro is organizing an ALMA Science Day on Friday November 22, 2019, at Leiden Observatory.

Allegro organizes this meeting for the Netherlands ALMA community to share their exciting new science, hear the latest news from the telescope, and discuss user experiences and ALMA-related topics.

  • Program
  • Participants

  • Directions

     

    Program

    The third edition of the Netherlands ALMA Science day will be held in the 2nd floor of the Huygens Building (HL), room HL-226. We will start the program at 11:30 am with lunch. All the registered participants are invited to join us. We will offer sandwiches and fruits for the registered participants. Then, the science talks will start at 12:30. The first afternoon block of talks will finish with the presentation by this year’s invited speaker Dr. M. Zwaan (ESO). Our program is full of exciting topics including results from high-redshift studies, as well as studies of dust and molecular gas in proto-planetary disks. During the second block of talks, we will have a presentation by Dr. C. Goddi (Allegro) on the results of the Event Horizon Telescope!
    We will finish the day with a Borrel at the 11th floor, next to the Allegro offices. We look forward to seeing you!

    Follow this link to see the Program.

    Registered participants: (Last update 13-11-2019)

    Michiel Hogerheijde Leiden Observatory
    Jim Morrison University of Groningen
    Rudolf Le Poole Leiden Observatory
    Dazhi Zhou Leiden Observatory
    Shota Notsu Leiden Observatory, Leiden University
    Zhenlin Zhu SRON/Leiden University
    Prof. Harry van der Laan Leiden Observatory, ASTRON, ESO
    Ruslan Brilenkov Kapteyn Institute, University of Groningen
    Yuan Chen Leiden Observatory
    Gerard Pujol Hernandez API
    Margot Leemker Leiden University
    Huub Rottgering Leiden Observatory
    Marta Frias Castillo Leiden Observatory
    Alvaro Hacar Leiden Observatory
    Rychard Bouwens Leiden University
    Ewine van Dishoeck STRW-UL
    Stefan van der Giessen Leiden University
    Leon Trapman Leiden Observatory
    Gleb Fedoseev Laboratory for Astrophysics, Leiden Observatory
    Huib Intema ICRAR – Curtin University
    Jeroen Terwisscha van Scheltinga Leiden Observatory
    Kirsty Butler Sterrewacht Leiden
    Schuyler Wolff Leiden Observatory
    Sander Schouws Leiden University
    Leindert Boogaard Leiden Observatory
    Robin Mentel Leiden Observatory
    Lukasz Tychoniec Leiden Observatory
    Jozsef Varga Leiden Observatory
    Tabone Leiden University
    Yijun Wang University of Science and Technology of China & Leiden Observatory
    Andrew Barr Leiden Observatory
    Matthew Kenworthy Leiden Observatory
    Alexandru-Daniel Taun University of Groningen
    Vincent Icke Leiden University
    Violeta Gámez Rosas Leiden University
    Pengyu Liu Leiden University
    MARIANNA PATATOUKOU Leiden University
    Martijn van Gelder Leiden Observatory
    Micha Heilman Leiden University
    Pooneh Nazari Leiden University
    DIRECTIONS

    -Directions to Leiden Observatory

    Note that this is not the old Observatory in the center of Leiden.

    There are regular buses from the Leiden Centraal station, buses 43 (direction Den Haag) or bus 57 (direction Nieuw Vennep). These take around 7 minutes. Please see the link below for more specific details if you will be coming by bus.

    Instructions on how to get to Leiden Observatory, including transportation from Schiphol Airport, can be found here:
    http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/howto.php
    And a site map can be found here:
    http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/map_LC_hotels_stat_web.php

    lorentzcenter

    Note these specify the route to the Lorentz Center, which is in the forward leaning building in the photo. The event will be held in the joining taller building – The Huygens building. Leiden Observatory and Allegro offices are located on the 4-5th and 11th floor of that same building, respectively.

    -Directions inside the building:

    • HL-226 on the 2nd floor of the Huygens building:
      hl_226

    At the entrance of the building there is a reception were they can provide you with directions.
    The afternoon session will be held on the 2nd floor of the Huygens Building (HL), room HL-226.
    The borrel will be held on the 11th floor of the Huygens Building (HL), next to the Allegro offices (HL-11.22).

Calibrated MS

From now on, with all ALMA data delivery that you receive, you have the possibility to request its calibrated measurement set (MS).
This has to be done within a week of the data delivery date via the ALMA HelpDesk.

For data that has already been delivered, Allegro can generate the MS for you, for this email us at alma@strw.leidenuniv.nl

Data Reduction Training Day — Nov 2, 2018

For those interested, ALMA data reduction training with CASA will be offered on Friday November 2 by Allegro, the European ALMA Regional Center node in the Netherlands, at Leiden Observatory.

Find more details below:


 

PROGRAM

FRI 02/11 (Morning session) Room HL 111
09:30-10:00

Setup computers & The script “scriptForPI.py”

10:00-10:30

Calibration

10:30-11:00

COFFEE BREAK
11:00-12:00

Imaging

 

FRI 02/11 (Afternoon Session) Room HL 111
13:00-13:30

Self-Calibration

13:30-14:00

Analysis Tools

13:30-17:30

Working in groups

Program for the Netherlands ALMA Community Day can be found here.

 

 

DIRECTIONS

-Directions to Leiden Observatory

Note that this is not the old Observatory in the center of Leiden.

There are regular buses from the Leiden Centraal station, buses 43 (direction Den Haag) or bus 57 (direction Nieuw Vennep). These take around 7 minutes. Please see the link below for more specific details if you will be coming by bus.

Instructions on how to get to Leiden Observatory, including transportation from Schiphol Airport, can be found here:
http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/howto.php
And a site map can be found here:
http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/map_LC_hotels_stat_web.php

lorentzcenter

Note these specify the route to the Lorentz Center, which is in the forward leaning building in the photo.The event will be held in the joining taller building – The Huygens building. Leiden Observatory and Allegro offices are located on the 4-5th and 11th floor of that same building, respectively.

-Directions inside the building:
At the entrance of the building there is a reception were they can provide you with directions.
The event will be held on the 1st floor of the Huygens Building (HL), room HL 111.

 

PRESENTATIONS AND SCRIPTS

Netherlands ALMA Science Day — Nov 1, 2018

Allegro is organizing an ALMA Science Day on Thursday November 1st, 2018, at Leiden Observatory.

The day will start with a special ALMA Colloquium by Dr. Karin Öberg (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), who will tell us about the “Chemistry of Planet Formation”. We have reserved the afternoon for presentations by astronomers from the Allegro user community: We have exciting talks scheduled with ALMA results on galaxies, planet forming disks and star formation. In between and before the tea break, we will also have the latest news from ALMA followed by an open discussion on expectations and wishes for user support, and any other ALMA-related topics.

For those interested, an ALMA data reduction training with CASA will be offered on Friday November 2 at Allegro.

  • Program

  • Directions


     

    PROGRAM


    THU 01/11 (Morning session location: De Sitter Zaal )
    10:30-11:00

    Welcome & Registration

    11:00-12:00

    ALMA Colloquium: Chemistry of Planet Formation

    Karin Öberg

    12:00-12:45

    LUNCH
    (Afternoon session location: HL-226)
    12:45-13:00

    COFFEE

    13:00-13:15

    A flux-ratio anomaly in resolved CO (11-10) spectral line emission from gravitationally-lensed quasar MGJ0414+0534

    Hannah Stacey

    13:15-13:30

    Mapping the [CII]-FIR deficit at redshift 3 on sub-kpc scales

    Matus Rybak

    13:30-13:45

    Extremely high-velocity jets in Serpens: Chemistry and kinematics

    Lukasz Tychoniec

    13:45-14:00

    The best of two worlds: ALMA + IRAM30m observations of the Orion Integral Filament

    Álvaro Hacar

    14:00-14:15

    The ALMA Roadmap Martin Zwaan (ESO)

    14:15-14:35

    Open Discussion

    14:35-15:00

    TEA BREAK

    15:00-15:15

    Imaging protoplanetary disks from the visible to mm wavelengths to constrain disk geometry and characterize its dust grains

    Jos De Boer

    15:15-15:30

    Complex organic molecules in the young disk V883 Ori

    Merel L.R. van ‘t Hoff

    15:30-15:45

    Bridging protoplanetary disk mass evolution in low- and high-mass star-forming regions with ALMA

    Sierk van Terwisga

    15:45-16:00

    The discovery of molecular gas in the nearest cool core cluster of galaxies with ALMA

    Aurora Simionescu

    16:00~17:00

    BORREL AT ALLEGRO PREMISES

     

    DIRECTIONS

    -Directions to Leiden Observatory

    Note that this is not the old Observatory in the center of Leiden.

    There are regular buses from the Leiden Centraal station, buses 43 (direction Den Haag) or bus 57 (direction Nieuw Vennep). These take around 7 minutes. Please see the link below for more specific details if you will be coming by bus.

    Instructions on how to get to Leiden Observatory, including transportation from Schiphol Airport, can be found here:
    http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/howto.php
    And a site map can be found here:
    http://www.lorentzcenter.nl/map_LC_hotels_stat_web.php

    lorentzcenter

    Note these specify the route to the Lorentz Center, which is in the forward leaning building in the photo. The event will be held in the joining taller building – The Huygens building. Leiden Observatory and Allegro offices are located on the 4-5th and 11th floor of that same building, respectively.

    -Directions inside the building:

    At the entrance of the building there is a reception were they can provide you with directions.
    The ALMA Colloquium in the morning will be held at the Sitter Zaal on the ground floor of the Oort building.
    The afternoon session will be held on the 2nd floor of the Huygens Building (HL), room HL-226.
    The borrel will be held on the 11th floor of the Huygens Building (HL), next to the Allegro offices (HL-11.22).

    • HL-226 on the 2nd floor of the Huygens building:
      hl_226

Nov 1-2, 2018: Netherlands ALMA Science Day & ALMA Data Reduction Training Day — Announcement

The second Netherlands ALMA Science Day will take place on Thursday November 1, 2018, at Leiden Observatory. Allegro, organizes this meeting for the Netherlands ALMA community to share their exciting new science, hear the latest news from the telescope, and discuss user experiences and ALMA-related topics.

Sign up to share a day with the top ALMA science done in our region. Contributed talks (~20 min) are welcome: If you are interested in presenting your recent results from ALMA, please indicate so in the registration page.

For those interested, the meeting will be followed by an ALMA data reduction training with CASA on Friday November 2 at Allegro.

You can register at the following link.

Sera Markoff and Remo Tilanus at Astronomy on Tap!

In the first event of the year of Astronomy on Tap in Leiden, Sera Markoff and Remo Tilanus will tell us about black holes and how they help us understand the Universe.

Sera Markoff is a professor at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at University of Amsterdam. She works at the interface of Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics, and is interested in a variety of problems relating to the accretion process especially around black holes, both big and small.

Remo Tilanus is the Program Manager of ALLEGRO, the European ALMA Regional Center node at the Leiden Observatory, and the Scientific Program Manager of the Event Horizon mmVLBI camera: the first project to directly observe a black hole.

Astronomy on Tap features scientists and educators who speak of their passion for astronomy and research. Professional astronomers from the Leiden area hold informal presentations on a wide range of astronomical topics, every last Monday of the month at Grand Cafe De Burcht.

More information at astronomyontap.nl, Facebook page of Astronomy on Tap Leiden, Twitter: @AoTLeiden and #AoTLeiden – Instagram: aotleiden.