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ALMA observations during its first early science cycles
Author(s): Lars-Åke Nyman; Pierre Cox; Stuartt Corder; Masao Saito; Andreas Lundgren; Baltasar Vila-Vilaro; Daniel Espada; Eric Villard; Emilio Barrios; Paola Andreani; John Hibbard; Ken'ichi Tatematsu
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Paper Abstract

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a new interferometer operated on Llano de Chajnantor at 5050 m altitude in the Chilean Andes. It consists of 66 antennas operating in the mm/submm windows between 3 and 0.3 mm wavelength. Early science observations using 16 antennas (known as Cycle 0) started in parallel with construction in September 2011, in order to provide useful results to the astronomy community and to facilitate the ongoing characterization of its system. ALMA is currently in Cycle 2 of early science observations. This presentation describes the development and progress of ALMA observations and data processing from Cycle 0 towards full operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91490J (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057685
Show Author Affiliations
Lars-Åke Nyman, Joint ALMA Observatory/European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pierre Cox, Joint ALMA Observatory/European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stuartt Corder, Joint ALMA Observatory/National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Chile)
Masao Saito, Joint ALMA Observatory/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Chile)
Andreas Lundgren, Joint ALMA Observatory/European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Baltasar Vila-Vilaro, Joint ALMA Observatory/European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Daniel Espada, Joint ALMA Observatory/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Chile)
Eric Villard, Joint ALMA Observatory/European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Emilio Barrios, Joint ALMA Observatory (Chile)
Paola Andreani, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
John Hibbard, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Ken'ichi Tatematsu, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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