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February 2009 eNews Volume 2, Issue 2
The first Vertex production antenna is carried into the testing area of the ALMA OSF Technical Facility by the transporter on 6 Feb.
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Upcoming NRAO Events

  • March 11, 2009: Astro2010 Town Hall
  • April 20-22, 2009: 20th International Symposium on Space THz Technology
  • April 29 - May 1, 2009: The 2009 NRAO Postdoctoral Symposium
  • May 26-28, 2009: The EVLA Vision: Stars On and Off the Main Sequence
  • June 8-12, 2009: Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy at High Angular Resolution
  • July 12-18, 2009: NAIC-NRAO School on Single-Dish Radio Astronomy


ALMA Project StatusALMA Project Status On January 22, 2009 scientists and engineers at the Operations Support Facility (OSF) in northern Chile achieved astronomical validation of a complete ALMA continuum system. The Moon was observed in three of the four bands available in the Front End, tuned to 100 GHz, 240 GHz and 310 GHz... Read more...

EVLA Science Commissioning & Early ScienceEVLA Science Commissioning & Early Science The EVLA’s WIDAR correlator will be extremely powerful. With just a small fraction of its boards in place, its capabilities will exceed those of the VLA correlator for both spectral line and continuum observations. The delivery of WIDAR production boards to NRAO from our Canadian partner is underway and will continue throughout 2009... Read more...

The EVLA Vision: Stars On and Off the Main SequenceThe EVLA Vision: Stars On and Off the Main Sequence The EVLA will improve on the continuum sensitivity of the VLA by a factor of 10; allow access to all frequencies between 1 and 50 GHz, with instantaneous bandwidths of up to 8 GHz; and provide tens of thousands to millions of spectral channels, allocated in up to 64 independently tunable and enormously flexible sub-bands... Read more...

MUSTANG Commissioned on the GBTMUSTANG Commissioned on the GBT MUSTANG, a 64-pixel bolometer array and the GBT's first 90 GHz instrument, has been commissioned for science observations starting in February 2009. GBT data have confirmed that the MUSTANG optics upgrade has yielded the expected 35% increase in field-of-view (from 32 arcseconds square to 42 arcseconds square) and a 70% decrease in noise per detector... Read more...

GBT Surface ImprovementsGBT Surface Improvements With the goal of boosting the GBT high-frequency performance, the Precision Telescope Control System (PTCS) project team has been working to improve the surface accuracy. The problem naturally divides into two parts: large-scale errors due to thermal and gravitational distortion; and small-scale errors due to actuator and panel setting errors... Read more...

Joint Observing Opportunities with Fermi and Chandra SatellitesJoint Observing Opportunities with Fermi and Chandra Satellites NRAO is again participating in joint/cooperative observing programs with the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Both have proposal deadlines in March: March 6 for Fermi Cycle 2, and March 17 for Chandra Cycle 11... Read more...

Fifth NAIC-NRAO School on Single-Dish Radio AstronomyFifth NAIC-NRAO School on Single-Dish Radio Astronomy The fifth NAIC-NRAO school on single-dish radio astronomy will be held 12-18 July 2009 at the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico. The objective of the school is to provide graduate students, post-docs, and experts in other fields of astronomy with both knowledge and practical experience of the techniques and applications of single-dish radio astronomy... Read more...

Career OpportunitiesCareer Opportunities

  • ALMA Commissioning Scientists
  • Assistant Scientist
  • CASA Group Supervisor
  • Cooperative Education Appointment (Engineering)
  • Joint ALMA Observatory Antenna Group Manager
  • Lead Systems Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer II
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer (KFPA)
  • Software Engineer II
  • Software Engineer II
  • System Engineers



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