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[PPS15-P01] Invitation to ALMA and exciting research with it
Keywords:Planet formation, Protoplanetary disks, Radio astronomy observations, Millimeter and submillimeter waves
In the long baseline campaign in 2014, ALMA demonstrated its maximum baseline of 15 km to reveal multiple ring/gap structure in the protoplanetary disk around HL Tau by the spatial resolution as high as 0.025" (3.5 AU) at the observing wavelength of 0.87 mm (ALMA Partnership et al. 2015, ApJL 808, L3). By observing protoplanetary disks around young stars with various characters and various stages, ALMA is revolutionalizing our understanding of the earlier stages of planetary formation. East Asia, who contributes 25% of the construction and operation of ALMA, has a 22.5% share of the observing time (= 25% x 0.9, because 10% goes to Chile). This presents a great opportunity for researchers in Japan, Taiwan and Korea to join and drive the exciting research.
ALMA Regional Centers (ARCs) have been established in Europe, North America and East Asia as interface points between ALMA and research community. The East Asian ALMA Regional Center (EA-ARC) is located in the Mitaka headquarter of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. ARCs take care of the call for proposal, preparation of the observing script for accepted proposal, quality assurance and delivery of observed data, and updates and maintenance of the data archive. ARCs are answering users' consultations on, e.g., proposal preparation and data analysis through a helpdesk and support astronomers.
In the present paper, I introduce how the observations with ALMA are made and how we support the researchers. I hope more and more researchers join in the exciting and revolutionary science using ALMA and its archival data.
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan/ALMA
East Asian ALMA Regional Center