Science Highlight




Outcome of the proposal review process and a list of the highest priority Cycle 0 projects

The scientific and technical assessment of the 919 proposals submitted for ALMA Early Science Cycle 0 has been completed. Fifty science assessors and 25 technical assessors from all over the world have considered the expected scientific value and technical feasibility of the proposals submitted. As a result, the most promising proposals have been selected as those most likely for completion using the initial 16-antenna ALMA capabilities.

The 112 highest-priority projects (PDF available for download here) cover a wide range of science and are distributed across the four broad ALMA science categories as shown in the accompanying pie chart.

Highest-priority proposals

The observations to collect the data required to complete these projects are expected to start on 30 September or soon after. However, the construction and operation of ALMA - one of the world’s largest and most complex observatories, at an altitude higher than any other ongoing human activity - continues to be very challenging, and changes to the plan may still be necessary.

Principal Investigators (PIs) of the proposals will be notified of the outcome of the proposal review process by email.

The initial Phase II products will be generated by ALMA staff. PIs of highly rated proposals will be contacted by a scientist from their supporting ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) to review these Phase II products.


ALMA Cycle 0 science assessors

ALMA Cycle 0 science assessors in Vitacura, Chile, at the entrance to the ALMA Santiago Central Office building provided by ESO

ALMA would like to thank the 50 science assessors for their assistance in completing the scientific assessments of the Cycle 0 proposals, and to specially acknowledge the valued assistance of Neal Evans, Chair of the ALMA Proposal Review Committee (APRC), and Francoise Combes, Deputy Chair of the APRC.

APRC chair:

Neal Evans

The University of Texas at Austin (US)

APRC and ALMA Review Panel (ARP) Members:

Yuri Aikawa

Kobe University (Japan)

Rachel Akeson

California Institute of Technology (US)

Andrew Baker

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (US)

John Bally

University of Colorado at Boulder (US)

Beatriz Barbuy

University of Sao Paulo (Brasil)

Maite Beltran

Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)

Jacqueline Bergeron

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (France)

Andrew Blain

University of Leicester (UK)

Dominique Bockelée-Morvan

Paris Observatory (France)

Leonardo Bronfman

University of Chile (Chile)

John Carpenter

California Institute of Technology (US)

Cecilia Ceccarelli

Grenoble Observatory (France)

Jose Cernicharo

Centro de AstrobiologĂ­a (Spain)

Tracy Clarke

Naval Research Laboratory (US)

Françoise Combes

Paris Observatory (France)

Leen Decin

Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)

Jayanne English

University of Manitoba (Canada)

AsunciĂłn Fuente

National Astronomical Observatory (Spain)

Yasuo Fukui

Nagoya University (Japan)

Gaspar Galaz

Pontificia Universidad CatĂłlica de Chile (Chile)

Guido Garay

University of Chile (Chile)

Jorma Harju

Helsinki University (Finland)

Naomi Hirano

Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)

Leslie Hunt

Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)

Frank Israel

Leiden University (The Netherlands)

Rob Ivison

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh (UK)

Hiroshi Karoji

The University of Tokyo (Japan)

Ryohei Kawabe

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Paulina Lira

University of Chile (Chile)

Dariusz Lis

California Institute of Technology (US)

Dieter Lutz

Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Germany)

Tom Millar

Queen's University Belfast (UK)

Akira Mizuno

Nagoya University (Japan)

Raffaella Morganti

Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (The Netherlands)

Neil Nagar

University of ConcepciĂłn (Chile)

Sadanori Okamura

The University of Tokyo (Japan)

Hans Olofsson

Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)

Takashi Onaka

The University of Tokyo (Japan)

Ilaria Pascucci

University of Arizona (US)

Alexandra Pope

University of Massachusetts at Amherst (US)

Luis Felipe Rodriguez

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dave Sanders

University of Hawaii at Manoa (US)

Nick Scoville

California Institute of Technology (US)

Debra Shepherd

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, NM (US)

Lister Staveley-Smith

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (Australia)

Yoshiaki Taniguchi

Ehime University (Japan)

Masato Tsuboi

Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)

Dave Wilner

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (US)

Christine Wilson

McMaster University (Canada)


* Picture credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Ítalo Lemus (ALMA)