Contributed Talk - Splinter RadioSky

Wednesday, 14 September 2022, 14:21   (SFG 1030 / virtual RadioSky)

ALMA: science and capabilities

Enrique Macias
ALMA Regional Centre (ARC), European Southern Observatory (ESO)

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is the largest (sub-)mm observatory in the world. Located in the Chajnantor Plateau in the Atacama desert, it offers a privileged view of the (sub-)mm southern sky. ALMA can currently observe from 315 microns to 3.5 mm, but soon this window will be extended to 8.5 mm thanks to the new Band 1 receivers. In this talk I will summarize the main capabilities and observing modes of ALMA. I will also highlight some of its most recent scientific discoveries. I will finalize by describing the European ALMA Regional Centre Network and the different ways that it can support all European ALMA users.