The Atacama Large Millimetre Array

Artist's Impression of ALMA (ESO)

The Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) will be the largest observatory ever built operating at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths in the world, and will provide astronomers with dramatic new insights into the formation of stars and galaxies. The observatory is being constructed by an international partnership, including a significant UK contribution funded by STFC.

Here at Jodrell Bank Observatory we are involved in the area of digital fibre optic transmission and are developing various apsects of the system which will transmit the high-bandwidth signals from the individual antennas to the central correlator. This will be done digitally over optical fibres.

Details of the other work being carried out by UK groups can be found at the ALMA-UK page and more information on the ALMA project can be found at ESO and NRAO.

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics hosts the UK ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) Node.