It is expected that phased ALMA will participate in some GMVA observations during ALMA Cycle 5 (Oct 1 2017 - Sept 30 2018; see the ALMA Cycle 5 Pre-announcement). The number of ALMA dishes possible in the phased array is likely to be 35 - 43 (but see below). ALMA will not be in a configuration suitable for VLBI during GMVA Session II 2017. GMVA session dates during Cycle 5 are not yet fixed, but Session I in 2018, which is likely to be in March or April, should provide an opportunity for GMVA + ALMA observing. GMVA Session II in Fall 2018 may also overlap with ALMA Cycle 5 in a configuration suitable for VLBI.
Any GMVA proposal requesting phased ALMA during Cycle 5 must be submitted via the NRAO PST at the February 1, 2017 deadline.
(1) Specify "ALMA" in the Other Stations text field in the PST. (2) Select the default GMVA 3mm observing mode of 2 Gbps, dual polarization. (3) Specify the amount of time and GST range(s) needed for ALMA separately, either in Session Constraints or Comments, or in the Technical Justification.
New installments of Science Verification data are planned for release on 18 January 2017. The data release will contain observations of the Sun obtained during the Solar commissioning campaigns in 2014 and 2015. The release will contain mosaics and single pointing observations in Band 3 and 6 with the 12m, 7m and total power arrays. Details of the observations will be listed on the Science Verification web page.
The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) will start the next cycle of observing (Cycle 5) in October 2017. A Call for Proposals with detailed information on Cycle 5 will be issued in March 2017, with a deadline for proposal submission in April 2017. This pre-announcement highlights aspects of the Cycle 5 proposal call that are needed to plan proposals.
General information ALMA Cycle 5 will start in early October 2017 and span 12 months. is anticipated that 4000 hours of 12-m Array time will be available for successful observations of approved projects, and 3000 hours will be available on the Atacama Compact Array (ACA), also known as the Morita Array.
New in Cycle 5 In Cycle 5, the following opportunities will be available to Proposers for the first time. -Band 4 polarization: Proposals will be accepted for Band 4 observations in all available polarization modes. - Band 5 observations: Proposals will be accepted for spectral line (12-m,7-m and Total Power arrays) and continuum (12-m and 7-m arrays) observations in Band 5. Proposals will be accepted for Band 5 observations in all available polarization modes.
The 7th KASI/NAOJ F2F (face to face) meeting to discuss for the future ALMA/ASTE instrument update.
The meeting was held at KASI for two days (Oct 24-25, 2016).
The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory and the partner organizations in East Asia, Europe, and North America, is pleased to issue the Cycle 4 Call for Proposals. The ALMA Cycle 4 proposal submission deadline is:
We invite members of the scientific community to submit observing proposals for ALMA Cycle 4. Cycle 4 will start in October 2016 and span 12 months. Users of any professional background, nationality or affiliation may submit proposals.
The 5th KASI/NAOJ F2F (face to face) meeting to discuss for the future ALMA/ASTE instrument update.
The meeting was held at KVN TAMNA for three days (Mar 23-25, 2016).
Two Korea-ARC node town meetings for the ALMA Cycle 4 will be held in March 2016. The main purpose of the town meeting is to introduce the upgraded ALMA capabilities for the Cycle 4 observations and help users to prepare their proposals.
The Joint ALMA Observatory(JAO) released the pre-announcement of Cycle 4.
The 3rd KASI/NAOJ F2F (face to face) meeting to discuss for the future ALMA/ASTE instrument update.
The meeting was held at KVN TAMNA for two days (Oct 1-2, 2015).
New ALMA Science Verification data have been released. This release contains data on the following Science Verification targets:
For more information, please visit here
The KASI/NAOJ F2F (face to face) meeting to discuss for the future ALMA/ASTE instrument update.
The meeting was held at KASI for two days (May 11-12, 2015).
The ALMA Observatory's Early Science Cycle 3 has attracted 1582 proposals for observation time submitted by the international scientific community during the application period (the deadline was 23 April 2015). Read more
The proposal submission deadline for ALMA Early Science Cycle 3 proposals closed on the 23 of April 2015. ALMA received 1582 unique proposals estimated to require 9037 hours of 12-m Array and 3640 hours of ACA time. By comparison, 1382 proposals were received in Cycle 2 and 1131 in Cycle 1. Read more
An updated version of the Observing Tool release for Cycle-3 proposal preparation has been released on 17 April 2015. This includes fixes for a number of bugs that were found after the original release. More details of these can be found on the OT "Known Issues" page. All users are recommended to upgrade to the latest release - Web Start users will automatically get the new version upon restarting the OT.
The Korea ARC node will hold a series of town meetings for the ALMA Cycle 3 preparation. The main purpose of the town meeting is to introduce the upgraded ALMA capabilities and help users to prepare their proposals. Three half day meetings and one full day meeting are scheduled.
We would like to draw your attention to the pre-announcment for ALMA Cycle 3, posted to the ALMA Science Portal at: here
A new image from ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, reveals extraordinarily fine detail that has never been seen before in the planet-forming disc around a young star. ALMA’s new high-resolution capabilities were achieved by spacing the antennas up to 15 kilometers apart. This new result represents an enormous step forward in the understanding of how protoplanetary discs develop and how planets form. For details about the ALMA image of HL Tau click here
Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
On August 17, 2014, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) signed an agreement concerning the operations and development of ALMA. With this agreement, Korea officially joined in the East Asia ALMA consortium, whose current members are Japan and Taiwan.
Japan and Korea have promoted active collaboration in the field of astronomy. In 2001, the two countries made a successful VLBI observation for the first time by linking the 45-meter radio telescope of the Nobeyama Radio Observatory (NRO) of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the 14-meter radio telescope of the Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory of Korea. The following year, NAOJ and KASI officially signed an agreement to further strengthen the collaboration. And a decade later, in March 2012, NAOJ and KASI signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the collaboration of ALMA.
This agreement enables Korea’s participation into the ALMA project as well as their contribution to the operations of ALMA and development of new instruments. It is expected that this agreement will enhance the cooperation of two countries in astronomy and greatly promote the diversity and innovativeness of East Asian astronomical researches.
Phoenix Island in Jeju
Korean ARC Node is to provide support service to the ALMA user community in Korea