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Paper: A Look at the ALMA Science Archive
Volume: 404, The Eighth Pacific Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics: A Tribute to Kam Ching Leung
Page: 324
Authors: Etoka, S.; Fuller, G.A.; Wicenec, A.; Williams, S.J.; Meuss, H.; Hill N.
Abstract: The Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA), consisting of 54 12-m and 12 7-m telescopes operating in least 6 frequency bands at a highaltitude Chajnantor site in Chile, will provide a major leap forward in millimetre and submillimetre astronomy. ALMA will be a flexible observatory supporting a wide range of scientific investigation in extragalactic, galactic and planetary astronomy. In particular, its unique capability will allow fundamental questions about the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies to be addressed. The ALMA Archive is the repository for all ALMA data and it will ultimately reside and be maintained in Chile (at the Operation Support Facility in San Pedro and at the Santiago Central Office) and then mirrored to three main ALMA Regional Centers (ARCs) in the USA (NRAO, Charlottesville, VA), Europe (ESO, Garching, Germany) and Japan (specific location to be determined). The ALMA Science Archive (ASA) is the interface to the ALMA Archive through which astronomers will access ALMA data. All ALMA data is accessible through the ALMA Archive, but the ASA provides optimized access to the data in a scientifically meaningful way.
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