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The Alma Observatory

Lecture

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The Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) is the World's premier observatory operating in the wavelength region 10mm to 350micron.

Date and Time

12 February 2014 - 14:30-17:00

Location

Glasgow, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Scotland South West local network.


About this event

The Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) is the World's premier observatory operating in the wavelength region 10mm to 350micron.  ALMA is an aperture synthesis telescope (interferometer) being constructed  by an international partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile and when complete will consist of 66 high precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters  altitude in northern Chile. This talk will briefly describe the scientific goals of ALMA, its technology and how the goals are met, and highlight some key UK contributions to this transformational facility, finally showing some recent scientific results.

Speaker 

Alan Bridger is the Head of Software Engineering at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, and the lead for the Observing Preparation Software System for the ALMA telescope. Alan has over 25 years experience in software and computing for astronomical telescopes and instruments, including over 8 years working in the Operations team of a major international observatory, the Joint Astronomy Centre in Hawaii.

Programme

14:30 for 15:00

Additional information

Have a look at the website http://www.almaobservatory.org/ to find out more about this fascinating topic.

Registration information

Prior registration is required. 



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