ALMA and the Brazilian Community Workshop

The new ALMA observatory opens up the possibility to observe many different types of astronomical objects at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths with an unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution. ALMA is planned to reach its full capacity in terms of sensitivity in early 2015. The angular resolution will continue to be increased until the longest baselines (15km) can be used. ALMA represents not just a quantum leap in terms of sensitivity, but also in how radio observations are done. ALMA is an “every astronomers” instrument. The main driver for getting time with ALMA is the scientific justification. All observations are done in service mode and the ALMA observatory will provide high quality pipeline reduction of all data. In addition, ALMA data is available through the ALMA Science Archive. All data obtained with ALMA has a proprietary period of 12 months. After this period the fully reduced and calibrated data sets are available for download for anyone. In addition to ALMA, there is also a Brazilian/Argentinian initiative to build a single dish mm/submm telescope to be located in the Argentinian part of the Andes (the Llama Project). This facility will be open to the Brazilian community and provides a research facility in its own. The synergy between this facility and ALMA can be huge as the single dish telescope can be used to find suitable targets and provide background information that can be used for additional projects with ALMA.

The goal of the workshop is to explore how the current science activity within the Brazilian community can benefit from the new ALMA observatory and millimeter/submm observations in general. It is directed towards established researcher with a background in observations, but is not exclusive, i.e. students and theoreticians can benefit from the workshop. It is not a workshop aimed specifically for radio astronomy, but for all kinds of research areas.