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Title The ALMA 2030 Vision: A next generation of front-end receivers
Writer admin Date 2021-03-08 16:42:02

Dear colleagues,

The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) is the world’s most
sensitive facility for millimeter/submillimeter astronomical observations, and
will soon be fully operational in all of the originally planned bands. 
Since its first observations, ALMA has routinely delivered groundbreaking
scientific results that span nearly all areas of astrophysics.  Only
future instrumentation upgrades and improvements can help ALMA continue as the
field leader along this path!

The vision for ALMA's future development is described in the ALMA Development
Roadmap (https://www.almaobservatory.org/en/publications/the-alma-development-roadmap/).
In order to implement this vision a series of three workshops has been
envisioned, in conjunction with corresponding working groups defining the
appropriate scientific and technical specifications. Following the first two
workshops held in 2020 to discuss potential correlator (http://www.cvent.com/events/the-alma2030-vision-design-considerations-for-the-next-alma-correlator/event-summary-8c936ac86f8a4e51842644ae58e2d315.aspx)
and digitizer (https://alma-intweb.mtk.nao.ac.jp/~diono/meetings/ALMA2030_Mitaka/)
upgrades that will realize the ALMA 2030 vision, we plan to complete the
workshop trilogy with an ALMA Front-End Development Workshop, entitled “The
ALMA 2030 Vision: A next generation of front-end receivers”. This workshop will
be held online, in the week of September 27-30, 2021.


This workshop is intended to be relatively small and focused, but we explicitly
welcome participation from all ALMA regions and the rest of the world.
Registration and abstract submission will open at the end of March. Please
distribute this message to interested colleagues and within your institutes as
appropriate.  Further information will be included in the 2nd
announcement, and will also be made available on the meeting website (https://www.eso.org/sci/meetings/2021/ALMAFED2021.html).

Please note: The website is currently under construction, and registration will
open later this month.  The Front-End working group report, which is
currently in Revision B (i.e. not the final form), is available here: https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/alma/science_sustainability/ALMA_FE_Digitizer_WG_report_released.pdf
This report, which we encourage you to read, will likely be updated as the
results from other development groups in ALMA are taken into consideration.

Best regards,

Tony Mroczkowski, Ciska Kemper and Carlos De Breuck, on behalf of SOC and LOC

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