The Atacama Large Millimetre Array is one of the most ambitious telescope projects ever. It will provide an unprecedented combination of sensitivity, angular resolution, spectral resolution and imaging fidelity at the shortest radio wavelengths for which the Earth’s atmosphere is transparent. Significant advances in a multitude of astronomical fields are expected; observations with unprecedented detail will be possible for forming stars and planets, protoplanetary disks, Milky-Way-like galaxies out to redshifts of 3 and the first galaxies that emerged from the cosmic "dark ages".
The initial science observations with ALMA will start in 2011, with a 16 antenna array. Special care has been taken by the project to ensure ALMA is accessible to all astronomers, and not only radio-interferometry experts. The Call for Early Science proposals is approaching rapidly - expected by the end of 2010 - and so it is fundamental to prepare the astronomical community to take full advantage of this revolutionary astronomical facility from the earliest days.In this 1-day workshop we will aim to bring the Portuguese astronomical community up-to-date on the ALMA status and capabilities and show how one can prepare for the Early Science with ALMA. Presentations will focus on:
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