EU ARC CASA tutorial for Cycle 0 projects

19 and 20 January 2012, ESO Garching

The workshop is aimed at members of the European ALMA community who are involved in accepted Cycle 0 projects.

It will be an intensive two day tutorial with several hands-on sessions in which you will learn how to perform general ALMA data calibration and imaging with the data reduction package CASA.

Please note that for detailed help with the analysis of your own ALMA data, you have the opportunity to visit your ARC node for face-to-face support. During the tutorial in January, we will not have the opportunity to provide extensive data reduction support for individual projects.

You will need a reasonably powerful laptop (Linux or Mac OSX 10.6 or 10.7) with at least 80 GB empty disk space.


This tutorial will take place at ESO, Garching (travel information) in room D029 (in building D, please ask at the reception in the main building)

For help with booking a hotel, please contact the secretariat of the ESO Data Management Division, Stella Chasiotis.


The tutorial will begin at 9:00 on Thursday and will end at 17:00 on Friday

19 January, room D29
09:00 intro/welcome etc - DP/MZ intro
09:15 talk - intro to ALMA (and interferometry) - MZ ALMA+Interferometry
09:45 talk - general CASA, the MS, and the ASDM - DP casa, asdm+ms
10:35 talk - the typical ALMA data package for PIs - FS data_delivery
10:50 coffee
11:15 talk - calibration - FG calibration
12:00 explanation of hands-on sessions - DP hands-on-session-1
12:30 lunch (room D30)
14:00 hands-on - all script 1 (data: see notes below)
16:00 coffee
16:30 review and Q&A - all
17:30 end of day 1
20 January, room D29
09:00 talk - a closer look at CASA - DP casa--a-closer-look
09:30 talk - Imaging - MZ imaging
10:30 coffee
10:45 talk - image analysis - SM ImageAnalysis
11:30 talk - self-calibration - AR Selfcal
12:15 explanation of hands-on sessions - DP hands-on-session-2
12:30 lunch (room D30)
14:00 hands-on - all (600 MB, result of step 16 from session 1),
  reference figures for script 1,
  script 2 (data: see notes below),
16:00 coffee
16:30 review and Q&A
17:00 end of meeting

Notes on the hands-on sessions

Hand-on sessions will use ALMA Science Verification datasets.

Please download the following three files before you come to the tutorial:

M100line-orig.mask.tgz (165 kB)

m100-tutorial-msdata.tgz (18 GB)

NGC3256_Band3_CalibratedData.tgz (0.5 GB)

You will need a reasonably powerful laptop (Linux or Mac OSX 10.6 or 10.7) with at least 80 GB empty disk space (before downloading the above data).

You should install CASA on that laptop before the workshop. Please see the CASA download page for how to do that.

If you are having problems with CASA installation (which is unusual), please contact us before the workshop and we can find a solution.

What you can do to prepare for the workshop

Download the three files for the hands-on sessions onto your laptop as mentioned above.

Read in the CASA user reference and cookbook.

Go through at least one of the ALMA Guides for CASA.

Read the paper "Analysing ALMA Data with CASA", 2012, in Proc. ADASS XXI, P. Ballester & D. Egret (eds.), ASP Conference Series


  • Martin Zwaan (contact)
  • Dirk Petry (contact)
  • Anita Richards
  • Frederic Gueth
  • Sebastien Muller

Tutorial Participants

Participant count: 24 (originally 30, 6 cancellations, deadline for registration was 13 November 2011)

(maximum number of participants we can accomodate is 30)

Confirmed participants

  • Zulema Abraham
  • Javier Alcolea
  • Pedro Paulo Beaklini
  • Alexandre Beelen
  • Arnaud Belloche
  • Maria Teresa Beltran
  • Thibault Cavalie
  • Timea Csengeri
  • Carlos De Breuck
  • Emanuel DiFolco
  • Santiago Garcia-Burillo
  • Alexander Karim
  • Agnes Kospal
  • Emmanuel Lellouch
  • Johan Lindberg
  • Lukas Lindroos
  • Ivan Marti-Vidal
  • Marco Padovani
  • Johan Richard
  • Alvaro Sanchez-Monge
  • Nicola Schneider-Bontemps
  • James Simpson
  • Antonio Usero
  • Nienke van der Marel

-- DirkPetry - 24 Jan 2012

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