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Translating PI observing proposals into ALMA observing scripts
Author(s): Harvey Steven Liszt
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Paper Abstract

The ALMA telescope is a complex 66-antenna array working in the specialized domain of mm- and sub-mm aperture synthesis imaging. To make ALMA accessible to technically inexperienced but scientifically expert users, the ALMA Observing Tool (OT) has been developed. Using the OT, scientifically oriented user input is formatted as observing proposals that are packaged for peer-review and assessment of technical feasibility. If accepted, the proposal’s scientifically oriented inputs are translated by the OT into scheduling blocks, which function as input to observing scripts for the telescope’s online control system. Here I describe the processes and practices by which this translation from PI scientific goals to online control input and schedule block execution actually occurs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91490N (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055781
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Harvey Steven Liszt, North American Alma Science Ctr., National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)

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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