Workshop on mm-VLBI with ALMA
22nd January 2015 - Istituto di Radioastronomia Bologna, Italy
The Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre organizes a meeting on the subject of mm-VLBI with ALMA, to be held at the INAF-Istituto di Radioastronomia (Bologna, Italy) on 22nd January 2015.
Very long baseline interferometry at millimetre/submillimetre wavelengths offers the highest achievable spatial resolution at any wavelength in astronomy and the inclusion of ALMA into a global network will bring unprecedented sensitivity.
An international consortium is presently constructing a beamformer for ALMA in Chile that will be available as a facility instrument. The extraordinary sensitivity of phased ALMA, combined with the extremely fine angular resolution available on baselines to the Northern Hemisphere, will enable transformational new very long baseline interferometry observations in the 0.8 mm and 1.3 mm bands, and provide substantial improvements to existing VLBI arrays at 7 and 3 mm. The ALMA beamformer will have impact on a variety of scientific topics, including accretion and outflow processes around black holes in active galactic nuclei, tests of general relativity near black holes, jet launch and collimation from AGN and microquasars, pulsar and magnetar emission processes, the chemical history of the universe and the evolution of fundamental constants across cosmic time, maser science, and astrometry.
At this workshop we want to review this broad range of science topics allowed by mm-VLBI with ALMA and also discuss the status of the existing and future mm-VLBI networks. This should involve not only current VLBI users but also those who are just becoming interested in this rapidly evolving field.
At the workshop there is room for ~ 10 contributing talks (ca. 15 min).
Please note that on the days before of the this workshop, we'll be hosting an Italian community workshop on mm astronomy.
Jan Brand (INAF-IRA, Bologna, Italy; Italian ARC)
Gabriele Giovannini (INAF-IRA, Bologna, Italy; Università di Bologna)
Robert Laing (European Southern Observatory)
Elisabetta Liuzzo (INAF-IRA, Bologna, Italy; Italian ARC)
Marcella Massardi (INAF-IRA, Bologna, Italy; Italian ARC)
Leonardo Testi (European Southern Observatory)
Italian Arc Node
9.30 - 9.45 : Welcome [Liuzzo/Brand] 9.45 - 10.15 : Towards the event horizon - BlackHoleCam project [Falcke] 10.15 - 10.35 : The Alma phasing project [Fish (TBC)] 10.35 - 10.55 : EHT [Doeleman] 10.55 - 11.25 : COFFEE BREAK 11.25 - 11.55 : Review on blazar science with mm-VLBI [Giroletti] 11.55 - 13.10 : 5 x 15 m contributed talks on AGN science 13.10 - 14.10 : LUNCH
14.10 - 14.40 : Review on maser science with mm-VLBI [Colomer] 14.40 - 15.55 : 5 x 15 m contributed talks on maser science 15.55 - 16.10 : Pulsars with the phased ALMA array [Kramer] 16.10 - 16.40 : COFFEE BREAK 16.40 - 16.55 : ALMA correlator status- VLBI compatibility [Baudry] 16.55 - 17.10 : IRAM activity [Gueth] 17.10 - 17.25 : KVN [Bong Von Sohn] 17.25 - 17.45 : Using ALMA as part of the GMVA [Ros]
Please fill in the registration form  if you are interested to participate and/or give a contribution. The SOC will decide on the basis of the Abstracts provided on the registration form.
There is no registration fee.
Registration deadline for those who wish to present a talk is 1 December 2014. The deadline for those who wish to attend without presenting a talk is 15 January 2015. The maximum number of participants is 85.
Venue, Logistics & contacts
The workshop will take place in the CNR Research Area in Bologna, room 216 (main hall, first floor). The CNR Research Area in Bologna can be reached by following the directions given here.
The Institute of Radioastronomy is also hosted in the same Research Area. A selection of hotels in Bologna can be found in this list.
If you have questions, please contact the Italian ARC-node: