Welcome to ALMA and the European ALMA Regional Centre!

ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is the world's largest ground-based facility for observations in the millimeter/submillimeter regime located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile. It enables transformational research into the physics of the cold Universe, probes the first stars and galaxies, and directly images the formation of planets. ALMA comprises a giant array of fifty 12-m antennas, which can be configured to achieve baselines up to 16 km. It is equipped with state-of-the-art receivers that cover all the atmospheric windows up to 1 THz. In addition, a compact array of 7-m and 12-m antennas greatly enhance ALMA's ability to image extended sources.

The European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) provides the interface between the ALMA project and the European science community. It supports its users mainly in the areas of proposal preparation, observation preparation, data reduction, and data analysis.

Below you can read the latest Announcements from the European ARC Network.. More details and up-to-date information can be found in the News section and the ALMA Science Portal.

I-TRAIN #22: Introduction to XCLASS

Published: 22 Jan 2024

The European ARC Network invites users to an introduction to the eXtended CASA Line Analysis Software Suite (XCLASS) on February 16th, 11:00 CET [Zoom].

Job Advertisement: Postdoctoral Researcher for an ALMA Advanced Data Product pipeline

Published: 15 Jan 2024

The Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) division at Chalmers University is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to lead the development of an Advanced Data Product (ADP) pipeline for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). The position is for two years with the possibility of extension. It is expected that 50% of the time of this postdoc will be dedicated to the ADP pipeline effort, and 50% to pursue research in own scientific interests.

The full advertisement and application procedure for this position can be found here. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2024.

Development study on science cases and technical considerations for ALMA focal plane arrays kicks off

Published: 10 Jan 2024

A new development study, led by the Cosmic DAWN Center (DAWN) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU, Cophenhagen), started on 10 January 2024. The study aims to explore the feasibility and scientific impact of using focal plane arrays (FPAs) to improve the mapping speed of ALMA, while maintaining its exquisite spatial resolution.

Announcement for early proposal planning for Cycle 11

Published: 20 Dec 2023

ALMA is making the following information available to assist with early proposal planning for Cycle 11.

Key dates (anticipated) for Cycle 11:

  • 21 March 2024: Release of the ALMA Cycle 11 Call for Proposals and Observing Tool, and opening of the archive for proposal submission
  • 25 April 2024: Proposal submission deadline
  • October 2024: Start of Cycle 11 observations, spanning 12 months

Development study on advanced waveguide component technologies kicks off

Published: 19 Dec 2023

A new development study, led by the Group of Advanced Receiver Development (GARD, Chalmers University, Sweden) started on 19 December 2023. The study aims to improve the sensitivity of ALMA receivers by developing a new low-loss construction technique for the waveguide components. 

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