ALMA day 2010

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29 - 30 April 2010: ALMA community day

The Italian ALMA Regional Centre organizes an ALMA Community day. The aim is to inform the Italian astronomical community of the latest developments of the ALMA project. Next year it will be possible to perform the first scientific observations with the array, albeit with a limited number of antennas, configurations, and receivers. It is important to be well prepared for this opportunity of "Early Science", and therefore we have invited several experts to talk about the impact of ALMA on various fields of astronomical research, and about how to prepare observing proposals. The programme is shown below.

Place and date

The ALMA day will be held in the seminar room on the 4th floor of the Istituto di Radioastronomia on the CNR campus, from Thursday 29 April 14:00 to Friday 30 April 12:30. Directions to the campus and the Institute can be found here.


There is room for about 40-50 participants. To avoid seating problems we ask you to register. If necessary additional registrations will be put on a waiting list. The deadline for registration is 16 April 2010.


Participants should arrange their own accommodation. See here for a list of hotels with special agreements with the Area della Ricerca di Bologna.


Thursday 29 April

14:00 - 15:00 Introduction to mm-interferometry (R. Neri, IRAM) File:108 Neri-Bologna-ALMAday2010.pdf

15:00 - 16:00 The ALMA Observing Tool (E. Humphreys, ESO) File:108 Humphreys-Bologna-ALMAday2010.pdf

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30 ALMA as an astronomical instrument (R. Laing, ESO) File:108 Laing-Bologna-ALMAday2010.pdf

17:30 - 17:45 ARC - Computing resources (M. Nanni, INAF-IRA & ARC) File:108 Nanni-Bologna-ALMAday2010.pdf

17:45 - 18:45 The CASA software (A. Mignano, INAF-IRA & ARC) File:Mignano-Bologna-ALMAday2010.pdf

Friday 30 April

9:00 - 10:00 Post-main sequence studies with ALMA (G. Umana, INAF-Catania) File:108 Umana-Bologna-ALMAday2010.pdf

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 - 11:30 Extragalactic (sub)mm astronomy (R. Maiolino, INAF-Roma) File:108 Maiolino-Bologna-ALMAday2010.pdf

11:30 - 12:30 Star formation and interstellar medium (M. Beltran, INAF-Arcetri) File:108 Beltran-Bologna-ALMAday2010.pdf