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.

Allegro Proposal Preparation Day – April 9th, 2018

Published: 16 Feb 2018

Prior to the deadline for the ALMA Cycle 6 proposal submission (April 19th), Allegro will host a Proposal Preparation Day. Bring in your proposals and we will assist you with the technical aspects and help you exploring their feasibility, while you work on it during that day. Allegro staff will be there to provide tips & tricks and answer all your questions.

Date: Monday April 9th, 2018 (9:30-17:30h)

Vacancy Notice: European ALMA Programme Scientist

Published: 01 Feb 2018

For its Directorate for Science at the Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, ESO is seeking a

European ALMA Programme Scientist

The European ALMA Programme Scientist serves as the primary contact between the ALMA Observatory, the European ALMA Support Centre and the European astronomical community with respect to the scientific capabilities, mission and exploitation of the ALMA facility.

The initial deadline for receipt of applications to be considered for the position is 31 March, 2018.  

New Science Verification data are now available for download

Published: 22 Jan 2018

New Science Verification data are now listed on the Science Verification data page (source no. 15 on the list: HL Tau)

Powerful New Hardware Approved for ALMA

Published: 19 Jan 2018

The development of a new spectrometer for the Morita Array, which forms part of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), has been approved by the ALMA Board. Developed by Japan, the Morita Array is composed of twelve 7-metre antennas and four 12-metre antennas.

ALMA Cycle 6 Pre-announcement

Published: 18 Dec 2017

The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) will start the next cycle of observing (Cycle 6) in October 2018. A Call for Proposals with detailed information on Cycle 6 will be issued in March 2018, with a deadline for proposal submission in April 2018. This pre-announcement highlights aspects of the Cycle 6 proposal call that are needed to plan proposals. More information can be found on the ALMA Science Portal.

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