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The Italian ARC is hosted by the Istituto di Radioastronomia in Bologna and is one of the seven nodes that constitute the European network that will provide technical and scientific support to ALMA users. The nodes will be operating in close collaboration with each other and with the central node at ESO, Garching. Each node contributes its own specific expertise, in order to ensure that maximum advantage is taken of the European competences in the field of mm-astronomy and interferometry.

Our ARC node staff will support the ALMA users in all the steps of their projects, by helping in

  • using the ALMA tools for proposal preparation and submission
  • optimising the observing strategy
  • tracking the project status
  • reducing data with CASA
  • analysing data in continuum, spectral lines, mosaic, polarization
  • archive mining
  • handling large data sets (also through GRID technology)

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ALMA status

All antennas have completed Assembly, Integration and Verification at the Operations Support Facility (OSF) at 2,900 meters altitude, and almost all have been transported to the 5,000 meter high Array Operations Site (AOS) on the Chajnantor plateau.

Early Science Cycle 2 more than 1300 proposals submitted! Further details are available here.

Early Science Cycle 1 Scientific observations are on-going

ALMA striking scientific results

See the full list of press releases here.


May 2014 End of ALMA Cycle 1 observing
Jun 2014 Start of ALMA Cycle 2 observing