Things to bring
- A laptop with wireless capabilities.
- ALMA softwares (see links below) installed on your laptop for hands-on exercises.
People participating in the workshop can also visit the next list of links that point to documents with relevant information about ALMA observatory.
- ALMA Early Science
- ALMA in a Nutshell
- System Overview by ESO
- ALMA Sensitivity Calculator by ESO
- ESO ALMA website
- JAO ALMA website
- NAOJ ALMA website
- NRAO ALMA website
- ALMA Design Reference Science Plan
- ALMA Science Simulations
More useful information about radio astronomy and interferometry can be obtained in the next links pointing to recent schools of radio astronomy:
The Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) package is a set of C++ tools bundled together under an iPython interface as a set of data reduction tasks. CASA is being developed by a collaboration led by NRAO with the primary goal of supporting the data post-processing needs of the next generation of radio astronomical telescopes such as ALMA and EVLA. The CASA tasks are oriented towards end-user data processing and analysis, while the toolkit is geared towards the support of pipeline processing, algorithm development, and the construction of tasks.
- CASA main website
- Obtaining CASA 3.1.0
- Known issues CASA 3.1.0
- CASA Cookbook
Supported platforms for CASA include several Linux (RHEL 5, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora) and Mac OSX (Leopard, Snow Leopard) systems, please see above links for details.
Note: Please adopt the tar ball installation of CASA, not yum installation. Currently only the tar ball installation is officially supported.
The ALMA Observing Tool (OT) is a Java-based application integrating a set of user interfaces needed to prepare a full Observing Project for the ALMA Observatory. There are two steps, phase I and phase II, that every user has to do in order to observe with ALMA. In the former the user will write a scientific justification for the project with some basic description of the planned observations. In the latter users that were granted with observing time by the Time Allocation Committee (TAC), will provide full description of the methodology to be followed (pointings, targets, calibration, scheduling blocks, etc) to do the observations.
The latest available version can be downloaded from the next link, while both the User Manual and the Reference Manual provide useful information about OT.
The installation itself (either webstart or tarball) is straightforward. Users need Java 6 (also known as jdk1.6) installed as the default in order to be able to run the ALMA OT.
Java 6 is often synonymously called Java 1.6 or J2SE 1.6 which refers to its internal version number. Check your java version on the command-line. It should read something like this:
> java -version
java version "1.6.0_02"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_02-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.6.0_02-b05, mixed mode, sharing)
An output like this (with the 1.6.x) means Java 6 is installed,
and this means Java Web Start technology is installed as well.
Also, Java 6 should be the top priority option for the mac osx system, this
can be set in the Java Preferences. For Windows and Linux, you can download
Note: Users have to make sure both CASA and
OT are properly installed and running in their laptops. Any question about
installation issues can be sent to :