30 April, 2012
The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) expects to start the next cycle of Early Science observations (Cycle 1) in January 2013. A Call for Proposals for Early Science Cycle 1 will be issued at the end of May 2012, with an anticipated deadline for proposal submission in mid-July. Any astronomer may submit a proposal. Cycle 1 operations will be conducted on a best efforts basis, similar to the current Cycle 0 observations.
While the highest priority of the ALMA project continues to be the completion of the full 66-antenna array, expected in the second half of 2013, Cycle 1 observations provide a significant opportunity for science from this unique world-class facility, using thirty two 12-m antennas in the main array and nine 7-m antennas plus two 12-m antennas in the Atacama Compact Array.
Detailed information on Cycle 1 will be published in the Call for Proposals.