The ALMA Observatory will consist of 64 × 12 m diameter telescopes configured as an interferometric imaging array and capable of synthesising a single aperture of some 15 km in diameter. The array will provided an unprecedented capability in terms of observational sensitivity and spatial resolution within the millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelength (terahertz) spectral range. It will be used to detect and study the earliest and most distant galaxies and will also probe deep into dust-obscured regions of our own galaxy that are the birthplace of stars and planets.
The project is an international collaboration between North America and Europe, with Japan recently joining as a partner nation. The UK technical contribution is managed by the ALMA UK Project Office located within RAL Space at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).
ALMA will be one of the most complex ground based astronomical instruments ever built and will bring together the talents and expertise of scientists and engineers from a variety of nations. When completed in 2012, it will provide an observational instrument appropriate for astronomy research in the 21st century. Additional information to be found at ESO (link opens in a new window) and NROA (link opens in a new window).
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