ALMA participates in global telescope and astronomical instrumentation event

26 June, 2014

A large delegation of engineers and astronomers from the ALMA Observatory has traveled to Montreal, Canada to participate in the largest global event for developers of land-based and space telescope’s related technologies, and state-of-the-art instrumentation. They are attending the Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation conference organized by the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, where ALMA Director Pierre Cox gave a presentation before an audience of more than 2,000 on the latest technological innovations and discoveries made by the ALMA radio telescope.



ALMA Director, Pierre Cox, at the Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation conference organized by the SPIE in Canada

Electromagnetic frequency bands, verifying the orientation of the antennas, the software used by ALMA, and its remote functioning are just some of the many topics related to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array being presented in talks, workshops, posters, and colloquia during this important international meeting.

SPIE is taking place from June 22 to 27 at the Palais des Congrès, in Montreal, Canada.


Software engineer Juan Pablo Gil explaining the ALMA Software and Cyberinfrastructure at the Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation conference organized by the SPIE in Canada

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is funded in Europe by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), in North America by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and in East Asia by the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Academia Sinica (AS) in Taiwan.

ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of Europe by ESO, on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which is managed by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), and on behalf of East Asia by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).


Valeria Foncea 
Education and Public Outreach Officer
Joint ALMA Observatory
Santiago, Chile
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