The Italian node of the European ALMA Regional Centre is hosted by the Istituto di Radioastronomia in Bologna and is one of the seven nodes that constitute the European network that provides technical and scientific support to ALMA users. The nodes operate in close collaboration with each other and with the ALMA Regional Centre at ESO, Garching. Each node contributes its own specific expertise, in order to ensure that maximum advantage is taken of the European competences in the field of mm-astronomy and interferometry.
Our ARC node staff support the ALMA users in all the steps of their projects, by helping in:
- ALMA proposal preparation and submission
- Optimisation of the observing strategy
- Tracking of project status
- Reduction interferometric data with CASA
- Archive mining
- Management of large data sets
- mm-VLBI with ALMA
- Array combination
The "Additional Representative Images for Legacy" (ARI-L) in the ALMA Science Archive project has been approved by JAO and ESO as a small project for the ALMA upgrade. The project aims to increase the legacy value of the ALMA Science Archive (ASA) by producing and ingesting into the ASA a uniform set of full data cubes and continuum images covering at least 70% of the data from Cycles 2-4. ARI-L is led by the It-ARC staff and will start in the next months. Stay tuned for future updates!
SKA Data Challenges
Italian astronomers could exploit INAF support and computational facilities (It-ARC, CHIPP and IA2) to participate to the SKA Data Challenges (https://astronomers.skatelescope.org/ska-science-data-challenge-1/). For information and support please contact the It-ARC (firstname.lastname@example.org).