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ALMA invites proposals for Early Science Observations

Submitter: Alicia Berciano Alba
Description: On March 30, The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has announced the first opportunity for the worldwide astronomical community to submit proposals for early science observations (Cycle 0).

The capabilities offered for Cycle 0 projects will comprise:
- sixteen 12-m antennas
- receiver bands 3, 6, 7 & 9 (wavelengths of about 3, 1.3, 0.8 and 0.45 mm)
- baselines from 18m to 125m (the compact configuration) and from 36m to 400m (the extended configuration)
- single field imaging and mosaics of up to 50 pointings
- a set of correlator modes that will allow both continuum and spectral line observations

It is anticipated that 500-700 hours of array time will be available for Cycle 0 projects. These early science observations will start around 30 September 2011, and will be carried out in parallel with the ongoing construction, commissioning and verification of the whole ALMA system (66 antennas in total). The picture, taken in September 2010, shows eight of the ten ALMA antennas that are currently on site.

Important deadlines:
- 29 April 2011: Notice of Intent submission.
- 30 June 2011: Proposal submission

More detailed information about ALMA and the cycle 0 call for proposals can be found at: http://www.almascience.org

Copyright: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), J. Guarda
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