The ALMA Reginal Centre (ARC) provides user support for all levels of ALMA users. It also serves as a basis for public outreach and a training site that offers specialized courses, schools, and workshops to advance the knowledge of radio-interferometric techniques and science.

In addition to the general tasks of an ARC node, the German ARC node focusses on several specific areas of expertise including:

  • The development of advanced data analysis tools
  • Maintainance and upgrade of the Cologne Database for Molecular Spectroscopy (CDMS)
  • Polarization calibration and observation optimization
  • mm-VLBI with ALMA
For more background on the node, please go to 'About the German ARC node'.

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German ARC node newsletter

If you wish to stay informed about the latest ALMA developments, calls for proposals, data releases, conferences/workshops and other information relevant to the German ALMA community, please join the mailing list or visit the mailing list archive. More information on the mailing list such as a short description and an alternative way of subscribing to it can be found here.

Recent News:

New release of ALMA Science Verification data

[08 September 2014] New Science verification data is available. For further information, please consult [more ...]

Course "Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science"

[26 February 2014] The German ARC node organizes a course on radio interferometry with lectures and tutorials at the Argelander-Institut für Radioastronomie in Bonn. [more ...]

CASA 4.2 for Linux available

[26 February 2014] The CASA development team have released CASA version 4.2.0 for Linux. [more ...]

Cycle 2 Call for Proposal is now open

[24 October 2013] The ALMA Director has issued the Cycle 2 Call for Proposals. [more ...]

Cycle 1 Update and Transfer to Cycle 2

[07 October 2013] Due to the delay in Cycle 1 activities, part of the Cycle 1 projects are expected to be carried over to Cycle 2. [more ...]
More news about ALMA and the German ARC node can be found at the bottom of this page and in the menu on the left.


ARTIST

Within the framework of the ASTRONET programme, "Common Tools for Future Large Submillimeter Facilities", we have initiated a project, "Adaptable Radiative Transfer Innovations for Submillimeter Telescopes (ARTIST)", to develop a next generation model suite for comprehensive multi-dimensional radiative transfer calculations of the dust and line emission, as well as their polarization.
More information on the project can be found at the ARTIST homepage.

CATS

The CATS program ("Coherent Set if Astrophysical Tools for Spectroscopy") uses a flexible modeling tool (MAGIX) which provides a connection between existing numerical codes and model parameters. Many models, including non-astrophysical ones, can be incorporated to MAGIX so as to explore their parameter space. The CATS program was developed within the framework of ASTRONET at the University of Cologne.

CDMS

The Cologne Database for Molecular Spectroscopy (CDMS) provides a molecular line catalogue in the millimeter and sub-millimeter frequency range, making a large database available to all users. It is part of the European project VAMDC (Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre) and is maintained by the University of Cologne.

Practical Radio-Interferometry Lectures

A lecture series on practical issues of radio interferometry and a hands-on tutorial on data reduction with AIPS and CASA, was held from April to July 2014.


ALMA/ARC News

ALMA Update: End of Cycle 0 and start of Cycle 1
New server hardware for the German ARC node
ARTIST Radiative Transfer package released
Results of the Proposal Review Process released
New installment of Science Verification data
ESO Science Release eso1239: Surprising Spiral Structure around R Scl
International ALMA conference "The first year of ALMA science"
ALMA splinter meeting at the AG meeting in Hamburg
ALMA Cycle 1 Call for Proposals now closed
Third batch of Science Verification data available
Pre-announcement of ALMA Cycle 1 Science Observations
German ALMA Community Days 2012
Cycle 0 status report and timeline for Cycle 1
ALMA at the Germany-UK Astronomy Meeting and RAS National Astronomy Meeting
New Science Verification data released
Early Science has started!
ALMA at the meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft
ALMA Cycle 0 proposal assessment finished
New Science Verification Data Release
ALMA Cycle 0 proposal submission finished
First European antenna arrives to the AOS
ALMA Science Verification Data Release
ALMA Call for Proposals - Cycle 0
Plan for ALMA Early Science Cycle 0 and Science Verification