German ALMA Regional Center (ARC) Node

The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a revolutionary interferometer for mm and submm astronomy in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile. It is operated by a global collaboration between Europe (ESO), North America (NRAO) and East Asia (NAOJ), in cooperation with Chile. The interface between ALMA and the user communities is provided by three ALMA Regional Centres (ARCs) in Europe, North America and East Asia.

The European ARC (EU ARC) is organized as a coordinated network with a central node at ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München and regional nodes located in Bologna(I), Bonn/Cologne(D), Grenoble(F), Leiden(NL), Manchester(GB), Ondrejov(CZ), and Onsala(S). The concept and the implementation of the EU ARC network has been described in an article in the ESO Messenger (Hatziminaoglou et al. 2015, Msngr. 162, 24).

The German ARC node is a collaboration of the universities of Bonn and Cologne. Its headquarters are located at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie in Bonn. The German ARC node provides services to ALMA operations, the local astronomical community and the general public:


Newsletters and Announcements

If you wish to stay informed about the latest ALMA developments, calls for proposals, data releases, conferences/workshops and other information, please check our announcements and/or subscribe to our newsletters.
  • European ARC Announcements are provided by ESO and the European ALMA Nodes that together make up the European ALMA Regional Centre Network. With their very short turn-around time, they complement the regularly published newsletters. The European ARC Announcements can be found here
  • The European ARC Newsletter is a compilation of recent European ALMA Regional Centre Announcement items. In addition, the Newsletter informs you about various developments in the ALMA Programme, as well as about ALMA or ALMA-related meetings. More information on the newsletter can be found here. To start receiving the European ARC Newsletter, please send an email to the Editor.
  • In addition, the DARC newsletter features announcements and news particularly relevant to the German ALMA community. If interested, please subscribe here. More information on the newsletter including an alternative way of subscribing to it can be found here.



Recent News

Radio 2018 Symposium: Jena, 24 - 26 October 2018

This fall, the German ARC node invites the German radio astronomical community to gather at the Radio 2018 meeting in Jena on 24-27 October 2018. The meeting is jointly organized by the GLOW consortium and the German ARC node and will offer exciting talks and excellent networking opportunities. The symposium on Thursday and Friday will cover many recent highlights in radio astronomy achieved with, for instance, the ALMA and LOFAR radio telescopes. On Wednesday there are special meetings, namely the ALMA town hall meeting, the GLOW LOFAR Working Group meeting and the GLOW consortium meeting.


If you would like to attend the Radio2018 symposium, please send a registration email (email) at your earliest convenience, along with this key information. We particularly encourage postdocs and students to present recent results. More details can be found on the webpage.


ALMA Cycle 6: Detailed Report now available

A detailed report on the outcome of the ALMA Cycle 6 Proposal Review Process is now available as a pdf-document. The report describes the proposal review process, proposal statistics and regional distributions, as well as the proposal distribution across science categories and receiver bands. A list of the highest priority projects in Cycle 6 can be found here.


ALMA Cycle 5: New ACA observatory filler programs

The ALMA Observatory announces four filler programs that have been approved on the Atacama Compact Array (ACA), also known as the Morita Array. The programs were designed to fill a gap in the ACA observing schedule in the remainder of Cycle 5 between LST of 22 and 1.5 h. The data from the proposals will be quality assessed by the JAO and released through the ALMA Archive with no proprietary period. Any remaining PI science programs and activities to commission new capabilities on the array will have priority. More details on the approved programs can be found here.


The ALMA Development Roadmap

ALMA is approaching completion of its originally envisaged capabilities and, within the first five years of operations, the original fundamental science goals of ALMA have been essentially achieved. The ALMA Board established a Working Group to develop a strategic vision and prioritize new capabilities for the Observatory out to 2030 as part of the ALMA Development Program. The ALMA Board approved the resulting ALMA Development Roadmap in November 2017. A summary of the Roadmap, approved by the Board in June 2018 for broad distribution, can be found here.


ALMA Cycle 6: Submission Statistics now available

A detailed report of the Cycle 6 Proposal Submission Statistics is now available as a pdf-document. The report summarizes among others the number of submitted proposals and time requested, subscription rates, and comparisons with the number of hours requested in previous Cycles.


Training opportunity: "Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science"

The Master-level course Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science is organized by the German ARC node offers hands-on training in the data reduction and analysis of interferometric data for Master students, PhD students and senior astronomers. The course starts with a brief review of the basic concepts of radio interferometry including calibration and imaging. Then the various steps necessary to create fully calibrated data cubes from interferometric raw data are discussed. Already during the lectures, the participants can practice the individual steps on their copy of an ALMA data set. In the final sessions, the participants learn how to analyze their interferometric data and what additional considerations are required for special research topics like polarization studies.

The German ARC node offers remote access to the course on a best-efforts basis using the videoconferencing system zoom, which the participants can join without charge. If you would like to follow the course from a remote location, but have not contacted us at arc[at]astro.uni-bonn.de so far, please do so before 13 April 2018.




German ARC node

 

German ALMA Regional Center (ARC) Node

The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a revolutionary interferometer for mm and submm astronomy in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile. It is operated by a global collaboration between Europe (ESO), North America (NRAO) and East Asia (NAOJ), in cooperation with Chile. The interface between ALMA and the user communities is provided by three ALMA Regional Centres (ARCs) in Europe, North America and East Asia.

The European ARC (EU ARC) is organized as a coordinated network with a central node at ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München and regional nodes located in Bologna(I), Bonn/Cologne(D), Grenoble(F), Leiden(NL), Manchester(GB), Ondrejov(CZ), and Onsala(S). The concept and the implementation of the EU ARC network has been described in an article in the ESO Messenger (Hatziminaoglou et al. 2015, Msngr. 162, 24).

The German ARC node is a collaboration of the universities of Bonn and Cologne. Its headquarters are located at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie in Bonn. The German ARC node provides services to ALMA operations, the local astronomical community and the general public:


Newsletters and Announcements

If you wish to stay informed about the latest ALMA developments, calls for proposals, data releases, conferences/workshops and other information, please check our announcements and/or subscribe to our newsletters.
  • European ARC Announcements are provided by ESO and the European ALMA Nodes that together make up the European ALMA Regional Centre Network. With their very short turn-around time, they complement the regularly published newsletters. The European ARC Announcements can be found here
  • The European ARC Newsletter is a compilation of recent European ALMA Regional Centre Announcement items. In addition, the Newsletter informs you about various developments in the ALMA Programme, as well as about ALMA or ALMA-related meetings. More information on the newsletter can be found here. To start receiving the European ARC Newsletter, please send an email to the Editor.
  • In addition, the DARC newsletter features announcements and news particularly relevant to the German ALMA community. If interested, please subscribe here. More information on the newsletter including an alternative way of subscribing to it can be found here.



Recent News

ALMA Cycle 6: Detailed Report now available

A detailed report on the outcome of the ALMA Cycle 6 Proposal Review Process is now available as a pdf-document. The report describes the proposal review process, proposal statistics and regional distributions, as well as the proposal distribution across science categories and receiver bands. A list of the highest priority projects in Cycle 6 can be found here.


ALMA Cycle 5: New ACA observatory filler programs

The ALMA Observatory announces four filler programs that have been approved on the Atacama Compact Array (ACA), also known as the Morita Array. The programs were designed to fill a gap in the ACA observing schedule in the remainder of Cycle 5 between LST of 22 and 1.5 h. The data from the proposals will be quality assessed by the JAO and released through the ALMA Archive with no proprietary period. Any remaining PI science programs and activities to commission new capabilities on the array will have priority. More details on the approved programs can be found here.


Radio 2018, Jena, 24 - 26 October 2018 - please save the date!

This fall, the German ARC node invites the German radio astronomical community to gather at the Radio 2018 meeting in Jena on 24-27 October 2018. The meeting is jointly organized by the GLOW consortium and the German ARC node and will offer exciting talks and excellent networking opportunities. In addition, representatives of the ARC node will be available for face-to-face assistance on Wednesday afternoon. A first announcement will be circulated soon.


The ALMA Development Roadmap

ALMA is approaching completion of its originally envisaged capabilities and, within the first five years of operations, the original fundamental science goals of ALMA have been essentially achieved. The ALMA Board established a Working Group to develop a strategic vision and prioritize new capabilities for the Observatory out to 2030 as part of the ALMA Development Program. The ALMA Board approved the resulting ALMA Development Roadmap in November 2017. A summary of the Roadmap, approved by the Board in June 2018 for broad distribution, can be found here.


ALMA Cycle 6: Submission Statistics now available

A detailed report of the Cycle 6 Proposal Submission Statistics is now available as a pdf-document. The report summarizes among others the number of submitted proposals and time requested, subscription rates, and comparisons with the number of hours requested in previous Cycles.


Training opportunity: "Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science"

The Master-level course Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science is organized by the German ARC node offers hands-on training in the data reduction and analysis of interferometric data for Master students, PhD students and senior astronomers. The course starts with a brief review of the basic concepts of radio interferometry including calibration and imaging. Then the various steps necessary to create fully calibrated data cubes from interferometric raw data are discussed. Already during the lectures, the participants can practice the individual steps on their copy of an ALMA data set. In the final sessions, the participants learn how to analyze their interferometric data and what additional considerations are required for special research topics like polarization studies.

The German ARC node offers remote access to the course on a best-efforts basis using the videoconferencing system zoom, which the participants can join without charge. If you would like to follow the course from a remote location, but have not contacted us at arc[at]astro.uni-bonn.de so far, please do so before 13 April 2018.