The purpose of this workshop is to help new ALMA users get started with their research, with a particular emphasis on proposal preparation for Cycle 8. The workshop will be conducted virtually using Zoom by staff from the UK ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) Node. Although the workshop is aimed at UK researchers, participants from other countries are welcome to join.
The workshop will be scheduled as a series of half-day sessions running an entire week and will cover the following topics:
- An introduction to ALMA and radio interferometry
- ALMA proposal preparation
- Using the ALMA Archive
- Calibrating and imaging ALMA data
At the end of the workshop, UK ARC Node staff will be available to help with any questions related to participants' specific research or to provide further assistance with proposal preparation
Monday, 22 March
|Welcome and Introductions
|Introduction to ALMA
|Introduction to Interferometry
|Introduction to the Observing Support Tool (the online ALMA simulation tool)
|Introduction to the Observing Tool (the GUI used for preparing observing proposals)
|After Proposal Submission
|Optional Proposal Preparation Assistance
Tuesday, 23 March
|Introduction to CASA
|Introduction to the ALMA Archive
|Examining Downloaded Data (including an introduction to using ALMA's image viewers)
|Notes about Downloaded ALMA Data
|Reviewing The WebLog
Wednesday, 24 March
|Examining Downloaded Data (continued)
|Image viewers for ALMA data
|Science Talk (Ana Karla Diaz Rodriguez)
Thursday, 25 March
|Extra Imaging Notes
|Science Talk (George Bendo)
Friday, 26 March
|Optional Assistance with Imaging
UK ARC Node staff are available to help with the installation of CASA and any other software needed for the workshop. We will be contacting participants before the workshop to set up Zoom calls to help with the software installation.
To work on the data calibration, imaging, and analysis activities, participants will need access to a computer running CASA version 5.6.1. (Although newer versions of CASA are available, they cannot be used to pipeline-calibrate ALMA data.) This software is available for both Linux and Mac but unfortunately not for Windows.
ALMA Observing Tool (OT)
One of the workshop sessions is based on using the ALMA Observing Tool, which is used to submit proposals but which is also useful for understanding how ALMA observations are configured. This can be installed on either Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.
CARTA is a new image viewer that will eventually replace the current image viewer in CASA. It operates very smoothly, but because it is still under development, it is missing some functions.
While the workshop will be guiding people through downloading ALMA archive data, calibrating those data, and then imaging those data, participants may want to download data for the workshop early either because of concerns about slow download speeds or because of potential technical issues with creating some of the datasets. These data can be downloaded from the links below.
Note that the total amount of disk space needed to do all of the data processing is about 70 GB. The calibrated and science only visibility data are optional downloads and are only necessary for situations where it is not possible to calibrate the archival data or perform some of the steps in the imaging script.
Product Files (archival images)
Auxiliary Files (calibration information, logs, quality assessment reports, and scripts)