CfA scientists and astronomers from other institutions are invited to attend a Community Day to discuss the Submillimeter Array (SMA) on Monday, July 11, 8:45 am to 3:00 pm. The primary purpose of this workshop is to update the CfA community on the technical capabilities of the SMA, present some recent results, and assist CfA scientists in determining how the SMA can help them in their research.
The meeting format will consist of both scientific and technical talks with ample time for discussion and questions. The scientific program will run before lunch. In the early afternoon, a technical program will introduce the SMA to assist those thinking about or planning SMA observations. While primarily intended for the CfA community, the meeting is open to astronomers from other institutions.
The meeting will take place in Phillips Auditorium. Additional information
is available online.
The SMA is a pioneering radio interferometer designed for arc-second imaging in the sub-millimeter spectrum. Used primarily used for imaging molecular lines and dust continuum in cold interstellar clouds, the SMA has also found application in observations of high energy phenomena, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and blazars. Similar in design and operation to the large-scale ALMA telescope that is just now completing construction, the SMA is a forerunner in many of the research areas planned for ALMA.