9-13 November





A new class of astronomy postgraduate strudents will be starting their studies this autumn, and many students will be working with ALMA data.  The purpose of this workshop is to help new students get started with their ALMA research.

The workshop will be conducted by staff from the UK ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) Node.  Because of the ongoing issues with COVID-19, the workshop will be conducted virtually using Zoom

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
  • An introduction to radio interferometry
  • An overview on using the ALMA Archive
  • Calibrating and inspecting data from the ALMA archive
  • Imaging ALMA data
  • Data analysis

At the end of the workshop, UK ARC Node staff will be available to help with any questions related to participants' specific research.




Monday, 9 November

10:00 Welcome and Introductions
10:45 Introduction to ALMA
11:15 Introduction to Interferometry
12:00 Break
12:30 Introduction to the Observing Support Tool (the online ALMA simulation tool)
13:00 Introduction to the Observing Tool (the GUI used for preparing observing proposals)
14:00 End


Tuesday, 10 November

10:00 Introduction to CASA
10:45 Introduction to the ALMA Archive
11:30 Science Talk
12:00 Break
12:30 Examining Downloaded Data (including an introduction to using ALMA's image viewers)
14:00 End


Wednesday, 11 November

10:00 Examining Downloaded Data (continued)
11:30 Science Talk
12:00 Break
12:30 Imaging
14:00 End


Thursday, 12 November

10:00 Imaging (continued)
11:30 Science Talk
12:00 Break
12:30 Advanced Tools/Imaging Techniques
14:00 End


Friday, 13 November

10:00 Optional One-on-One Assistance



Computing Requirements

Part of this workshop will consist of presentations,  and some activities can be done with a simple web browser.  However, to work on the data calibration and analysis activities, participants will need access to a computer running CASA.  This software is available for both Linux and Mac but unfortunately not for Windows.

Students with a personal Linux or Mac computer can potentially use their own computer for the workshop's hands-on activities. In these situations, UK ARC Node staff are available to help with the installation of CASA.

Other students may want to talk to IT support staff about remotely accessing computers that can run CASA; we recommend using Virtual Network Computing (VNC) to do this.  UK ARC Node staff can talk to IT support staff about the installation of CASA on institutional computers but can only provide limited help with remote computer access.




To register, follow the link below.

Registration Form

Registration will be cloised on Thursday, 5 November.

People who filled in the pre-registration poll do not need to re-register.