ALMA Proposal Preparation Day 2021

The ALMA Cycle 8 2021 Call for Proposals is now open with a submission deadline on April 21, 2021

The Allegro ARC Node would like to invite you to attend a proposal preparation workshop. The aim of this workshop is to assist you in making the most out of ALMA’s new capabilities, getting an overview of the new modes offered, and proposal preparation through the ALMA Observing Tool (OT). We will also offer guidance with writing double-anonymous proposals and in the new stages of proposal writing and reviewing (the “distributed proposal review process”) that will be in use from Cycle 8 2021.

The format of our workshop will be virtual, and it will consist of:

  1. a live online event with the Allegro team on March 29th with a few presentations and an extensive Q&A session
  2. online video tutorials that will be uploaded after the online event (watch last year’s video tutorials here)
  3. online drop-in sessions on Wednesdays 14-15 and Fridays 9-10
  4. individual 1-1 support that can be booked at any time (e-mail us)

Our online event will be used to address questions related to proposal submission and the distributed proposal review process that will be adopted from Cycle 8 2021 onwards. Since proposals will have to be written in a fully double-anonymous fashion this year, the Allegro team will provide advice on how this can be achieved, and explain how one can refer to unpublished data and previous ALMA projects without accidentally violating the double-anonymous guidelines.

You can register to attend the online event on March 29th using this registration form.

An overview of important dates and what’s offered in Cycle 8 2021 can be found in the Call for Proposals. As a reminder, the Cycle 8 2021 will include configurations from C-1 up to C-8, with a special focus on high frequency observing. New capabilities that will be offered include Solar observations in Band 5, a passive-phasing mode for VLBI, high-frequency observations (Bands 9 and 10) with the stand-alone 7-m array, mosaicking of continuum line polarisation observations (Bands 3 to 7), spectral scans with the 7-m Array and up to 75 hours of full polarisation observations of a single field with the 7-m Array. No long baseline observations are offered in Cycle 8 2021.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the ALMA Proposal Preparation Day on March 29th! Meanwhile, 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. PIs who are considering a Large Program are especially encouraged to contact Allegro early so we can explore the many ways we can support your project and help optimize your program.

Program March 29, 2021
9:30 Welcome
9:35-9:50 Violette Impellizzeri ALMA Call for Proposals & Capabilities in Cycle 8 2021
9:50-10:10 Katharina Immer Distributed Peer Review
10:10-10:30 Aida Ahmadi Dual Anonymous Proposal Review
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:20 Ashley Bemis & Andrés Pérez-Sánchez The ALMA Observing Tool
11:20-11:40 Alex Hygate Simulating ALMA Observations
11:40-12:00 Aida Ahmadi Archive Mining
12:00 Open Q&A Session
Registered participants: (Last update 25-03-2021)
Michiel Hogerheijde Leiden Observatory
Violette Impellizzeri Leiden Observatory
Alex Hygate Leiden Observatory
Andrés Pérez-Sánchez Leiden Observatory
Ashley Bemis Leiden Observatory
Aida Ahmadi Leiden Observatory
Katharina Immer Leiden Observatory
Pooneh Nazari Leiden Observatory
Marta Frias Castillo Leiden Observatory
Ian Roberts Leiden Observatory
Kirsty Butler Leiden Observatory
Leindert Boogaard Leiden Observatory & MPIA
Jakob van den Eijnden University of Oxford
Fernanda Roman de Oliveira Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Matthew Kenworthy Leiden Observatory
Danial Rangavar Langeroodi Leiden Observatory
Belen Alcalde ESO
Maximilian Beyer VU Amsterdam
Martijn van Gelder Leiden Observatory
Cristina Garcia Leiden Observatory
Antonello Calabro INAF OAR
Jozsef Varga Leiden Observatory
Audrey Coutens IRAP
Dominika Itrich ESO
Di Wen Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Daniele Aragao Ronso da Costa Lima Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Lucas Stapper Leiden Observatory
Olga Bayandina Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC
Lisa Wölfer MPE Garching/Leiden Observatory
Elielson Soares Pereira IAG-USP (Brazil)
Heitor Ernandes USP
Joshua Butterworth Leiden Observatory
Louise Lamblin Leiden Observatory
Sicen Guo Leiden Observatory
Ko-Yun (Monica) Huang Leiden Observatory

ALMA Data Reduction Training Day: January 26, 2021

Following the 4th Netherlands ALMA Science Day, we are organizing an ALMA Data Reduction Training Day on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, hosted online over Zoom. The training will begin at 10 AM and continue into the afternoon with a one-hour lunch break. Topics covered are: how to go from the archive to obtaining calibrated visibilities, calibration, imaging, self-calibration, and analysis tools. Throughout the remainder of that week, Allegro staff will be available to (remotely) work with you on exploring the capabilities of CASA on the Allegro computing system.

Program* January 26, 2021
10:00-10:05 Zoom connection opens
10:05-10:15 Welcome
10:15-11:00 Aida Ahmadi ALMA data: From the archive to calibrated visibilities
11:00-12:00 Katharina Immer Calibration
12:00-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-13:45 Ashley Bemis Imaging
13:45-14:15 Andrés Pérez-Sánchez Self-calibration
14:15-14:45 Alex Hygate Analysis Tools
14:45-15:00 Discussion – Q&A

* Note that this is a rough schedule as we plan to dedicate plenty of time for questions after each session.
 

Registered participants: (Last update 22-01-2021)

Michiel Hogerheijde Leiden Observatory
Violette Impellizzeri Leiden Observatory
Aida Ahmadi Leiden Observatory
Alex Hygate Leiden Observatory
Andrés Pérez-Sánchez Leiden Observatory
Ashley Bemis Leiden Observatory
Katharina Immer Leiden Observatory
Benoît Tabone Leiden Observatory
Yipeng Lyu Leiden Observatory
Pratik Dabhade Leiden Observatory
Simin Tong Leiden Observatory
Fernanda Roman de Oliveira University of Groningen
Ramlal Unnikrishnan Chalmers University of Technology
Dazhi Zhou Leiden Observatory
Jeroen Terwisscha van Scheltinga Leiden Observatory
Joris Kersten Radboud University
Joshua Joseph Butterworth Leiden Observatory
Alice S. Booth Leiden Observatory
Ko-Yun (Monica) Huang Leiden Observatory
Matus Rybak Leiden Observatory
Jozsef Varga Leiden Observatory
Pooneh Nazari Leiden Observatory
Helga Denes ASTRON
Martijn van Gelder Leiden Observatory
Louise Lamblin Leiden Observatory
Vanesa Ramírez Leiden Observatory
Teymoor Saifollahi Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Daniele Aragão Ronso da Costa Lima Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Bayron Portilla Revelo Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Jakob van den Eijnden University of Oxford
Jurjen de Jong Leiden Observatory
Olga Bayandina Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC
Tomoko Suzuki Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Kirsty May Butler Leiden Observatory
Juliëtte Hilhorst Leiden Observatory
Pavel E. Mancera Piña ASTRON & Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Theodoros Topkaras Leiden Observatory
Ivana van Leeuwen Leiden Observatory
Teresa Paneque-Carreno ESO & Leiden Observatory
Margot Leemker Leiden Observatory
Nanna Kerlauge ASTRON & Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Di Wen Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Lucas Stapper Leiden Observatory

4th Netherlands ALMA Science Day: January 25, 2021

Allegro announces the 4th Netherlands ALMA Science Day, which will be held (online) on Monday, January 25, 2021. At this meeting, we will hear presentations of the latest scientific results obtained with ALMA by the Netherlands astronomical community. Special guest speakers include Rychard Bouwens (Leiden Observatory, on the REBELS Large Program), and Leen Decin (Leuven, on the Atomium Large Program – to be confirmed). We will also hear the latest updates on the status of ALMA and its return to science operations, and allow time to discuss user experiences and other ALMA related topics.

Following the Science Day, on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, introductory CASA training will be offered, again online (click here for more information). Throughout the remainder of that same week, Allegro staff will be available to (remotely) work with you on exploring the capabilities of CASA on the Allegro computing system.

Important dates:
– January 11, 2021: Deadline for registering to present a talk and registering to attend the CASA training.
– January 21, 2021: Deadline for registering to attend the Science Day talks.

Program January 25, 2021
12:30-12:35 Zoom connection opens
12:35-12:45 Welcome (Violette Impellizzeri)
12:45-13:15 Rychard Bouwens
(Invited Talk)
Probing the Most Massive ISM Reservoirs in the Early Universe with the REBELS ALMA Large Program
13:15-13:30 Alice S. Booth An inherited complex organic reservoir in a warm planet-hosting disk? First detection of methanol in a Herbig Ae/Be disk
13:30-13:45 Matus Rybak Full of Orions? Dissecting the extreme star-formation in the early Universe with ALMA
13:45-14:00 Pooneh Nazari Complex organic molecules in low-mass protostars
14:00-14:20 Liz Humphreys Status of ALMA operations
14:20-14:35 Gergö Popping ALMA Cycle 8 2021
14:35-14:55 Discussion
14:55-15:05 Break
15:05-15:20 Huib Jan van Langevelde Status of The Event Horizon Telescope
15:20-15:35 Karina Caputi An ALMA galaxy signposting a MUSE galaxy group at z=4.3 behind El Gordo
15:35-15:50 Ardjan Sturm Tracing outer disk carbon depletion using [CI]
15:50-16:05 Raffaella Morganti Taking snapshots of the jet-ISM interplay with ALMA: the case of PKS 0023–26
16:05-16:20 Martijn van Gelder Modeling SO and SO2 in accretion shocks
16:20-16:30 Break
16:30-17:00 Leen Decin
(Invited Talk)
Stellar and planetary companions shape the winds of evolved stars
17:00-17:15 Niels Ligterink Serpens SMM1-a: A primordial soup in space
17:15-17:30 Ko-Yun (Monica) Huang Characterizing the shock properties in NGC1068
17:30-17:45 Tomoko Suzuki Dust, gas, and metal content in star-forming galaxies at z~3.3
Closing remarks

 

Registered participants: (Last update 22-01-2021)

Michiel Hogerheijde Leiden Observatory
Violette Impellizzeri Leiden Observatory
Leen Decin KU Leuven
Rychard Bouwens Leiden Observatory
Aida Ahmadi Leiden Observatory
Alex Hygate Leiden Observatory
Andrés Pérez-Sánchez Leiden Observatory
Ashley Bemis Leiden Observatory
Katharina Immer Leiden Observatory
Elizabeth Humphreys ESO/JAO Chile
Gergö Popping European Southern Observatory
Huib Jan van Langevelde JIVE & Leiden Observatory
Benoît Tabone Leiden Observatory
Yipeng Lyu Leiden Observatory
Simon Gazagnes Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Giovanna Pugliese Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy – UvA
Pratik Dabhade Leiden Observatory
Felix Semler University of Groningen
Simin Tong Leiden Observatory
Fernanda Roman de Oliveira University of Groningen
Olga Bayandina Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC
Margot Leemker Leiden Observatory
Ramlal Unnikrishnan Chalmers University of Technology
Dazhi Zhou Leiden Observatory
Jeroen Terwisscha van Scheltinga Leiden Observatory
Vincent Icke Leiden Observatory
Joris Kersten Radboud University
Joshua Joseph Butterworth Leiden Observatory
Alice S. Booth Leiden Observatory
Ko-Yun (Monica) Huang Leiden Observatory
Niels Ligterink Space Research & Planetary Sciences department, University of Bern
Saskia Matheussen NWO
Matus Rybak Leiden Observatory
Jozsef Varga Leiden Observatory
Pooneh Nazari Leiden Observatory
Ardjan Sturm Leiden Observatory
Helga Denes ASTRON
Martijn van Gelder Leiden Observatory
Cristina Garcia Leiden Observatory
Leindert Boogaard Leiden Observatory
Louise Lamblin Leiden Observatory
Núria Casasayas Barris Leiden Observatory
Alvaro Hacar University of Vienna, Austria
Areli Castrejon Aviles Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Vanesa Ramírez Leiden Observatory
Teymoor Saifollahi Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Daniele Aragão Ronso da Costa Lima Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Bayron Portilla Revelo Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Jakob van den Eijnden University of Oxford
Jurjen de Jong Leiden Observatory
Sarah Leslie Leiden Observatory
Karina Caputi Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Tom Oosterloo ASTRON & Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Tomoko Suzuki Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Raffaella Morganti ASTRON & Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Lingyu Wang SRON
Kirsty May Butler Leiden Observatory
Juliëtte Hilhorst Leiden Observatory
Pavel E. Mancera Piña ASTRON & Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Theodoros Topkaras Leiden Observatory
Per-Gunnar Valegard Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy – UvA
Lucas Stapper Leiden Observatory
Ivana van Leeuwen Leiden Observatory
John McKean ASTRON & Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Nanna Kerlauge ASTRON & Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Marta Frias Castillo Leiden Observatory
Di Wen Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
Teresa Paneque-Carreno ESO & Leiden Observatory
Sander Schouws Leiden Observatory
Iris de Ruiter Anton Pannekoek Institute – UvA
Anna de Graaff Leiden Observatory
Jan Brand INAF-IRA, Italian node EU ARC
Ewine van Dishoeck Leiden Observatory
Marijn Franx Leiden Observatory
Martin Zwaan European Southern Observatory
Belen Alcalde Pampliega European Southern Observatory
Andres Felipe Ramos Padilla RUG / SRON
Serena Viti Leiden Observatory

I-TRAIN: ALMA Training Sessions

The European ARC Network is offering a series of online topical training sessions focused on the analysis of ALMA and interferometric data in general. The sessions will cover a wide range of topics of interest to the ALMA user community with the aim to help users gain expertise in working with interferometric data. Each training session will be one hour long and will include a live demo and an interactive Q&A section.

The following is a list of training sessions currently being offered. We will update this page as more sessions are offered. Click on each topic for more information about how to participate.

  1. Imaging with the ALMA Pipeline (December 4, 2020 – 11:00 CET)
  2. ALMA Science Archive update and ARI-L (December 15, 2020 – 11:00 CET)
  3. UVMultiFit: a versatile library for fitting models directly to visibility data (January 15, 2021 – 11:00 CET)

 

European ALMA Regional Centre Community Assembly

The European ALMA Regional Centre invites all European ALMA users to a short virtual community assembly on October 8 at 10:00 CEST. After a long period of suspended science observing, there is now a path towards getting back on sky and collecting science data with ALMA again. At this community meeting, we will update you on the timeline for recovery and can answer any questions you may have on your ALMA projects and support from the European ARC network.

Reserve the date: 8 October at 10:00 CEST. The meeting can be accessed at this link.

Don’t hesitate to e-mail Allegro in case of questions, comments, or concerns. Looking forward to seeing you then!

ALMA starts the process of recovering the telescope array

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, almost the whole ALMA site has been shut down for the past six months. With the improving pandemic situation in Chile, ALMA is now scheduled to begin the long process of recovering the telescope array on October 1st, 2020. The road to recovery of operations, and ultimately science observations – a milestone that will not take place this year – has been carefully planned and more details can be found here.

The current restart plan requires about 80 days to reach the antenna power-up milestone, assuming there are no major repairs needed, or changes in the schedule due to impacts of the pandemic. The time needed to recover sufficient antennas for science observations is highly uncertain. Nevertheless, the aim is to have antennas collecting data and verifying the observing systems after approximately 100 days – whether this is a handful, or many antennas, remains difficult to predict. This implies that January is the earliest there may be enough functional antennas and cooled receivers to attempt the first science observations.

Status updates will continue to be provided at least monthly on the Science Portal, as the recovery of operations progresses. Specific capabilities and potential science observing dates will be identified after the status of antennas and other critical systems is better understood.

As always, the ALMA Regional Centres continue to provide support to their respective communities. At Allegro, we continue to actively provide support to our users. Don’t hesitate to e-mail us in case of questions, comments, or concerns.

Status update for the ALMA telescope

Dear colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic still continues to impact our lives in many ways around the world. The situation in Chile has slightly improved in the Santiago area but not yet improved in the northern area where the ALMA telescope is located. ALMA operations thus remain suspended and the timeline of resuming observations unfortunately remains uncertain. Detailed plans for the safe return to operations have been developed and regular reviews to consider starting the re-opening process of the Observatory have now started. ALMA is currently still in the Caretaker phase with small teams maintaining the safety of the ALMA equipment and infrastructure. As always, the top priority is the health and safety of all our staff.

The ALMA Regional Centers (ARCs) continue to provide support for PIs and users of archival data. The ARCs in particular assist the reduction and analysis of existing data through virtual face-to-face (f2f) support in addition to usual Helpdesk interactions. If you have any questions, want to sign up for a virtual f2f visit, or have comments or concerns related to the situation at ALMA, please contact the ALMA Helpdesk at https://help.almascience.org.

Allegro continues to actively provide support to our users. Don’t hesitate to e-mail us in case of questions or concerns.

Status update for ALMA Cycles 7 & 8

The ALMA Director, with support from all Executives and the ALMA Board, has taken the following recent decisions regarding the status of Cycle 7 and Cycle 8:

  • The start of ALMA Cycle 8 has been postponed until 2021 October. It is anticipated that the Cycle 8 Call for Proposals will open again in 2021 March.
  • ALMA Cycle 7 will continue through 2021 September, with currently non-completed projects ranked A, B and C remaining in the observing queue.

There remain many questions outstanding regarding resuming observations and accepting future proposals during these uncertain times.  ALMA is working on these questions and will provide a next update to the community in the coming weeks.

Allegro continues to actively provide support to our users. Don’t hesitate to e-mail us in case of questions or concerns.

Suspension of ALMA Cycle 8 Call for Proposals

The COVID-19 crisis has continued to affect the global community, including ALMA users and staff. ALMA operations remain suspended, as announced on March 20. Under these difficult and unprecedented circumstances, the ALMA Director, with support from all Executives, has decided to suspend the submission of Cycle 8 proposals until further notice. The Cycle 8 proposal submission server will be closed as of 15:00UT on Friday, 17 April, 2020.

ALMA Executives appreciate the community has worked hard on new science ideas for Cycle 8, even under such difficult conditions. They also realize the work the community has done in generating an exciting Cycle 7 observing program. At this time, the first priority is the health and well-being of the global community. New timelines for Cycle 7 and Cycle 8 will be announced on the Science Portal in the coming weeks as the global situation evolves.

Allegro continues to actively provide support to our users. Don’t hesitate to e-mail us in case of questions or concerns.

Extension of Proprietary Times

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the global astronomical community, the ALMA Director has made the following decision regarding proprietary times of ALMA data sets.

The proprietary period of all MOUSs that have been delivered to principle investigators (PIs), but have not become public by 19 March 2020, will be extended by three months. This implies that the proprietary period of all these ALMA data will effectively be set to 15 months, or nine months for DDT projects. 19 March was the last day that ALMA was observing before Cycle 7 observations were suspended.

For data sets that already reached the end of the proprietary time between March 19 and today, the proprietary time will be reinstated and extended for an additional 3 months. Please be aware that ALMA cannot guarantee that these data sets have not already been downloaded by archive users.

PIs of data sets that do not fall in the category defined above, who feel that their ability to work on their data within the regular proprietary period is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, are requested to submit a ticket to the “Proprietary Period Extension Requests” Department of the ALMA Helpdesk. ALMA will handle these requests in a fair and lenient manner as we are committed to support our users as much as possible during this stressful time.

Updates on this policy may be posted on the Science Portal in the future.

Don’t hesitate to e-mail Allegro in case of questions or concerns.