An image of the magnetic fieldsaround the black hole in M87.  Credit: EHT Collaboration.
An image of the magnetic fieldsaround the black hole in M87. Credit: EHT Collaboration.


Showcasing ALMA Results from the UK Community

The UK ARC Node would like to showcase the excellent research being conducted by UK-based astronomers using ALMA. Each month, we plan to highlight one or two recent journal articles or press releases as lead items in this newsletter.

If you are a UK based astronomer who has led or contributed significantly to a recently published article which uses ALMA data and would like to publicise your work in the UK ALMA Newsletter, please contact us via our email with the subject "Science Highlight". In your submission, please include a brief summary of your science results and links to the published article/press release.


Changes to the ALMA antenna configuration schedule during Cycle 7

Because of the current COVID-19 situation in Chile, which is limiting the availability of ALMA staff to travel to and work at the ALMA site, the JAO has made the decision to delay scheduled changes to the ALMA array configuration for at least 20 days. ALMA observing will therefore continue in the current C43-5 configurations with no move to more extended configurations until at least early May.

This change has a potentially significant impact on the time spent in the more extended array configurations during the remainder of Cycle 7. Given this, the UK ARC Node are advising ALMA Cycle 7 PIs of Grade B and C proposals using the C43-6 to C43-10 array configurations to consider resubmitting their proposals in the current ALMA Cycle 8 2021 call for proposals. Please note that array configurations C43-9 and C43-10 will not be available in Cycle 8, so science goals may need to be modified prior to resubmission to accommodate this.

UK PIs should receive notification from their contact scientist via the ALMA Helpdesk advising which, if any, of their projects may be impacted by this change.

Further details can be found in the JAO's announcement. The planned ALMA Cycle 8 array configuration schedule is currently unaffected by this.


e-MERLIN Invitation for proposals: Cycle-12

Deadline: 23:59:59 UT on 13th May 2021

e-MERLIN requests proposals from the international astronomical community for observations to be made during Cycle-12. Proposals are competitively peer-reviewed under standard STFC rules by the PATT e-MERLIN Time Allocation Group. Allocation will be made on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility alone.

Full Details are available on the e-MERLIN website.