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Proposal and observing preparation for ALMA
Author(s): Alan Bridger; David A. Clarke; Alberto Maurizio Chavan; Joseph Schwarz; Marcus Schilling; Leonardo Testi; Heiko Sommer
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Paper Abstract

A number of tools exist to aid in the preparation of proposals and observations for large ground and space-based observatories (VLT, Gemini, HST being examples). These tools have transformed the way in which astronomers use large telescopes. The ALMA telescope has a strong need for such a tool, but its scientific and technical requirements, and the nature of the telescope, provide some novel challenges. In addition to the common Phase I (Proposal) and Phase II (Observing) preparation the tool must support the needs of the novice alongside the needs of those who are expert in millimetre/sub-millimetre aperture synthesis astronomy. We must also provide support for the reviewing process, and must interface with and use the technical architecture underpinning the design of the ALMA Software System. In this paper we describe our approach to meeting these challenges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5493, Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551663
Show Author Affiliations
Alan Bridger, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
David A. Clarke, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Alberto Maurizio Chavan, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Joseph Schwarz, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Marcus Schilling, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Leonardo Testi, INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Heiko Sommer, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5493:
Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies
Peter J. Quinn; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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