Workshop on mm-VLBI with ALMA

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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 contributed 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.

SOC
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)

LOC
Italian Arc Node


Preliminary Program

Thursday, 01/22/2014

 9.10 -  9.25       : Welcome                                              [Liuzzo/Brand]                    
 9.25 - 11.00       : Title TBD                                            [Falcke] 
                    : Title TBD                                            [Fish]           
                    : Title TBD                                            [Doeleman]          
11.00 - 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   

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 
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 - 17.40       : title TBD                                            [Lonsdale]
17.40 - 18.00       : Using ALMA as part of the GMVA                       [Ros]

Participants

(last update November 19th)

Agudo Ivan (JIVE)
Asadi Saghar (Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University)
Baudry Alain (University of Bordeaux, OASU/LAB)
Boller Thomas (MPE Garching)
Brand Jan (INAF/IRA,Bologna(Italy); Italian ARC)
Casasola Viviana (INAF/IRA,Bologna(Italy); Italian ARC)
Falcke Heino (Radboud University NL/ASTRON/MPIfR Bonn)
Feretti Luigina (INAF/IRA,Bologna(Italy))
Galluzzi Vincenzo (INAF Bologna)
Giovannini Gabriele (Bologna University & IRA/INAF)
Giroletti Marcello (INAF Istituto di Radioastronomia)
Guirado Jose Carlos (Universidad de Valencia)
Iono Daisuke (NAOJ)
Kadler Matthias (Univ. Wuerzburg)
Krichbaum Thomas (MPIfR)
Lindqvist Michael (Onsala Space Observatory)
Liuzzo Elisabetta (INAF/IRA,Bologna(Italy); Italian ARC)
Lu Rusen (MPIfR)
Marcelino Nuria (INAF/IRA,Bologna(Italy); Italian ARC)
Marti-Vidal Ivan (Onsala Space Observatory)
Massardi Marcella (INAF/IRA,Bologna(Italy); Italian ARC)
Mignano Arturo (INAF/IRA,Bologna(Italy); Italian ARC)
Muehle Stefanie (German ARC node, Argelander Institute for Astronomy)
Muxlow Tom (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics)
Paladino Rosita (INAF/IRA,Bologna(Italy); Italian ARC)
Petry Dirk (ESO)
Prandoni Isabella (Ira - Inaf)
Richards Anita (JBCA, Manchester)
Ros Eduardo (MPIfR)
Rossi Andrea (INAF-IASFBO)
Rygl Kazi (ESA-Estec)
van Langevelde Huib (JIVE)
Wootten Al (NRAO)
Zanichelli Alessandra (INAF-IRA)
Zwaan Martin (ESO)

Registration

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.

The registration deadline is 1 December 2014. 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 us:

mm-workshop@ira.inaf.it