National Radio Astronomy Observatory
September 2009 eNews Volume 2, Issue 9

2009 NRAO Charlottesville Summer Students.

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Upcoming NRAO Events

  • Sep. 21-24: Assembly, Gas Content and Star Formation History of Galaxies
  • Oct. 1, 5:00 PM EDT: NRAO Proposal Deadline
  • Oct. 27: Jansky Lecture
  • Oct. 29-31: SKA 2009 Science and Engineering Meeting
  • Nov. 2: Jansky Fellowship Application Deadline
  • Jan. 5: NRAO Town Hall at the American Astronomical Society Meeting


Key Science Projects at the NRAO: Beginning with the Observatory’s October 1, 2009 deadline, proposals for time on the VLBA, the GBT and the EVLA will be considered for designation as “Key Science Projects.” Key Science Projects should be those that have high science impact, addressing fundamental and forefront issues in astronomy and astrophysics... Read more... Key Science Projects at the NRAO
NRAO Call for Proposals: The NRAO announces the Call for Proposals for trimester 10A.  The call is open now and will close on October 1, 2009 at 17:00 EDT (21:00 UTC)... Read more... NRAO Call for Proposals
2010 Jansky Fellowship Program: The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces the 2010 Jansky Fellowship program which provides outstanding opportunities for research in astronomy. Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out investigations either independently or in collaboration with others within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory... Read more... 2010 Jansky Fellowship Program
Approved Joint Chandra-NRAO Proposals for Cycle 11: Recognizing that radio observations using the NRAO facilities will be important to the scientific exploration by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, up to 3% of the total observing time on each NRAO telescope was made available for joint observing. Chandra Cycle 11 observing will begin in November 2009... Read more... Approved Joint Chandra-NRAO Proposals for Cycle 11
First Detection of the Zeeman Effect in the 36 GHz Methanol Maser Line with the EVLA: We report the first detection of the Zeeman effect in the 36 GHz methanol maser line. The observations were carried out with 13 EVLA antennas toward the high-mass star-forming region M8E. The Zeeman effect is usually measured by fitting the Stokes V (the difference of the right and left circular polarizations) profile to the derivative of the Stokes I (total intensity) profile, and is shown in Fig. 1. The measured magnetic field toward this source is -31.3±3.5 mG... Read more... First Detection of the Zeeman Effect in the 36 GHz Methanol Maser Line with the EVLA
EVLA Project Status: Antennas continue to be converted to the EVLA design. The conversion of the 23rd EVLA antenna was completed in August 2009, although a maximum of 22 EVLA antennas can be used with the VLA correlator. EVLA antennas accounted for 79.7% of all antenna hours used in scientific observations in July 2009... Read more... EVLA Project Status
ALMA Construction: At the 2900m elevation Operations Support Facility (OSF), interferometry continued between the two most recently accepted antennas, while the first was readied for transport to the 5000m Array Operations Center (AOS) in mid-September. The first production Optical Pointing Telescope arrived and passed its acceptance tests... Read more... ALMA Construction
VLBA to Begin Using the DiFX Software Correlator for Trimester 2010-A: NRAO’s implementation of the DiFX software correlator is the first element of the VLBA Sensitivity Upgrade project to be completed and, fortunately, it is one that can be put into operation, with scientific benefits to VLBA users, before the other elements are in place. DiFX was developed at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, (Deller et al. 2007, PASP, 119, 318), and adapted to the VLBA operational environment by NRAO staff... Read more... VLBA to Begin Using the DiFX Software Correlator for Trimester 2010-A
2009 NRAO Summer Student Research Program: August brought to a close the 50th year of the NRAO Summer Student program. The student participants included undergraduate students, graduating seniors, and graduate students supported by various NRAO student programs. The 22 student projects are listed in the table... Read more... 2009 NRAO Summer Student Research Program
U.S. Committee on Radio Frequencies Visits ALMA: The U.S. Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF), a body of the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council, visited the ALMA site in August escorted by NRAO personnel. This visit occurred as an adjunct to a CORF conference in Santiago, bringing together scientists, engineers, spectrum managers, and civil servants interested in the scientific use of the electromagnetic spectrum... Read more... U.S. Committee on Radio Frequencies Visits ALMA
Library Corner: The NRAO Library has completed scanning the GBT Memos from 1 – 233. All GBT Memos are now available online. We are working on the EDIR series and will continue until all NRAO Memos and Reports are available online... Read more...  

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  • Jansky Fellowships
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  • Software Engineer II (NAASC)


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