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This is a JAO-ESO Paranal/La Silla/APEX event focused on fostering collaborations between observatories through the preparation of common ALMA proposals. It would be organized in two mornings:

  1. Tuesday 10th - general presentations on how ALMA works, what it can do for your science, and present practical science cases, so non experts can have a good idea on the ALMA potential.
  2. Wednesday 11th - discussion sessions between Paranal/APEX/JAO staff, where everyone can bring their ideas/objects/science case to be done with ALMA and discuss it with ALMA experts. This is then followed by a hands-on session on the ALMA Observing Tool.

For reference, the call for proposals and OT release will be on 17th March, while the Cycle8 deadline will be on 15th April.


Tuesday 10th - Urania (ESO building)

Wednesday 11th - Multiple small rooms to be announced

Videolinks to OSF, Paranal, La Silla and APEX will be done on Monday. If you want to be added for the proposal discussion contact Hugo Messias in order for a zoom link to be created.

Participants input

In order to organize Tuesday lunch and the working groups, we need you to fill this Doodle poll. Please, select your science topic of interest, and your food specifications.


Tuesday 10th

9h – 10h45 session 1

10h45 – 11h15 Coffee break

11h15 – 12h40 session 2

Wednesday 11th

9h – 11h session 1

  • 9h – 9h30: QnA session 2 (to address anything that people might have thought/discussed about during Tuesday afternoon)
  • 9h30 – 11h – proposal discussion

    • ESO Library - "cosmology and high-z" & "Galaxies and galactic nuclei"

    • Urania – "ISM, star formation and Solar System" & "Protoplanetary disks and planet formation"

    • Athena - "Stellar evolution"

11h – 11h30 Coffee break

11h30 – 12h30 session 2 (parallel)

  • Continue with proposal discussion
  • ALMA OT hands-on – some exercises based on ALMA primer doc (see example from cycle7) or on each ones ideas:
    • the “continuum” vs spectroscopy case
    • choosing a configuration
    • mosaics vs single pointings (samples)
    • ...

Material for Wednesday

  • Molecular absorption lines at z=0.9 (instructions, pdf, aot file, Muller+16-tab1)
  • Mapping a lensed, high redshift, gas-rich galaxy (instructions, pdf, aot file)
  • A Survey of Submillimeter Galaxies (instructions, pdf, aot file)
  • Observing a GRB Afterglow as a Target of Opportunity (instructions, pdf, aot file)
  • Mosaicing the Nearby Spiral Galaxy M100 (instructions, pdf, aot file)
  • Multi-wavelength Continuum Survey of Protostellar Disks in Ophiuchus (instructions, pdf, aot file)
  • Dust Polarization and Magnetic Fields in Star Forming Clouds (instructions, pdf, aot file)
  • Observing Molecular Gas in a Planetary Nebula (instructions, pdf, aot file)
  • Continuum High Resolution Imaging of the Asteroid 3 Juno (instructions, pdf, aot file)
  • Continuum Mapping of the Sun at Millimeter Wavelengths (instructions, pdf, aot file)

Material for archival research

If you want to check for observations on a sample of yours, you can use astroquery. For instance, this script ( checks if your sample has any entry in the archive. You will need to create a file by clicking on "Export to File..." at the bottom of the "Field Setup" directory in a given Science Goal in the OT.


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