To support both ALMA data processing and scientific analysis activities, the UK ALMA Regional Centre Node offers meeting space and computing facilities for use by the general astronomical community. These facilities include:
- Up to 10 desks with Linux workstations
- Teleconferencing facilities
- Video projector
- High-end data processing computers
- Additional break-out meeting rooms
These facilities are available for any ALMA users, including for the following uses:
- Proposal preparation
- Observation simulations
- Data processing and analysis
- Archival research
- Group meetings
Travelling to the UK ARC Node
The UK ARC Node is located in room 3.136 on the third floor of the Alan Turing Building on the University of Manchester main campus.
The university is located close to Manchester city centre. Frequent trains travel from the rest of the UK to Manchester Piccadilly Station. Manchester Airport is about 20 km away and is accessible by a 15-30 minute train journey. Additional travel information is available from the University of Manchester maps and travel webpage.
The Alan Turing Building is on Upper Brook Street between Booth Street East and Brunswick Street. On the university's interactive map, it is building number 46. The building is about a 20 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station. A taxi from the station to the building takes 5-10 minutes and costs less than £5. The entrance to the building is on the southern side of the central block of the building. Upon entering the building, the lifts and stairs are to the right.
Arranging a Visit
To arrange a visit, please use the ALMA Helpdesk or send email to the following address:
Additional contact information is available on our Contact Information webpage.
The UK ARC Node can also provide assistance on acquiring funding for travel.
Up to at least March 2020, UK research groups can use their own PATT grants to fund visits to the UK ARC Node for user support. More information is available from the PATT information page maintained by the STFC.
Visitors from within Europe can apply for travel from RadioNet through the Mobility for ARC Users (MARCUs) work package. More information is available from the ESO webpage on RadioNet funding for ALMA users, which also provides a link to the funding application page.
After visiting the UK ARC Node, we ask that you fill in a feedback form. Note that it is mandatory for people funded by MARCUs to fill in this form.