ALMA at night.  Credit:  ESO/Y. Beletsky.

ALMA at night.  Credit:  ESO/Y. Beletsky.

New ALMA Band 5 Science Verification Data released

A new instalment of ALMA Science Verification data is now available made using the new ALMA Band 5 data.  This release contains the following Science Verification data:

The data are available from the ALMA Science Vereification Data webpage.


Measuring Star Formation in the Radio, Millimetre, and Submillimetre

24 - 26 July 2017

The University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom


The current generation of radio, millimetre, and submillimetre telescopes (ALMA, eMERLIN, jVLA, MeerKAT, ASKAP) and the next generation (SKA, ngVLA) will have the capability to detect emission from star forming regions at much higher sensitivities than previous telescopes working in these bands. This opens up new possibilities for using star formation tracers including synchrotron emission, free-free emission, and higher order recombination line emission to measure star formation rates. As these tracers are unaffected by dust extinction and as many of the tracers are directly connected to young stellar populations, they could potentially yield more accurate star formation rates than what is measured using ultraviolet, optical, or infrared data. The goal of this workshop is to bring together people who are exploring the ways to measure star formation rates in the radio, millimetre, and submillimetre bands.

Registration is now open. The abstract submission deadline is 14 April 2017, and the registration deadline is 15 May 2017. To register, please submit the form on the registration page.


Getting Ready for ALMA Band 5 - Synergy with APEX/SEPIA

01-03 February 2017

European Southern Observatory

Garching, Germany


The Swedish ESO PI Instrument for APEX (SEPIA) Band 5 receiver (157-212 GHz) was installed on APEX in early 2015, and is being heavily used by European astronomers to explore new science that can be done in this relatively unexplored frequency band in view of the expected availability in ALMA Cycle 5.  The goal of the meeting will be to discuss and highlight the role of APEX as an ALMA complement and to stimulate the European ALMA users to focus on the science that will be enabled by the new Band 5 receivers.

For more information see the workshop webpage.


New Contact Email Address

Please be aware that we are now using the following contact email address:

We can also be contacted via the other methods listed on our contact information webpage. The ALMA helpdesk should still be used for communication relating to ongoing ALMA observations.


UK ARC Node Astronomer "Science Highlight" in ATNF Annual Report

UK ARC Node staff member Adam Avison's work on the high-mass protostellar objects within the infrared dark cloud SDC 335 has been featured as a Science Highlight in the ATNF Annual Report 2015 which was released earlier this month. The article on this work, which uses both Australia Telescope Compact Array and ALMA data, can be found here.