6 August 2014 Translating PI observing proposals into ALMA observing scripts
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The ALMA telescope is a complex 66-antenna array working in the specialized domain of mm- and sub-mm aperture synthesis imaging. To make ALMA accessible to technically inexperienced but scientifically expert users, the ALMA Observing Tool (OT) has been developed. Using the OT, scientifically oriented user input is formatted as observing proposals that are packaged for peer-review and assessment of technical feasibility. If accepted, the proposal’s scientifically oriented inputs are translated by the OT into scheduling blocks, which function as input to observing scripts for the telescope’s online control system. Here I describe the processes and practices by which this translation from PI scientific goals to online control input and schedule block execution actually occurs.
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Harvey Steven Liszt, Harvey Steven Liszt, "Translating PI observing proposals into ALMA observing scripts", Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91490N (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055781; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055781


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