Welcome to the Nordic ALMA Regional Centre

The mission of the Nordic ARC node is to provide full user support for ALMA users in the Nordic and Baltic countries, from proposal development and submission, to data reduction and analysis. The ultimate goals is to help and encourage the community to make the best use of ALMA.  ARC node services include e.g. face-to-face support for proposal preparation, observing setups, projects status follow-up, data reduction (CASA software), and access to archives. The host university of the Nordic ARC node, Chalmers University of Technology has an active astronomy group with an interest in many areas of ALMA enabled science including interstellar medium studies, star-formation, evolved-stars, nearby galaxies, active galactic nuclei and high-redshift galaxies. Astronomers at Chalmers/Onsala are also involved in developing data analysis and modelling tools for astrochemistry and radiative transfer. Scientific collaborations between astronomy group/ARC node scientists and the wider community are welcome.


The Atacama Large Millimeter/submilliter Array (ALMA) is a revolutionary instrument currently under construction in the Atacama desert, Chile. When completed, it will consist of 66 antennas, operated as an interferometer array, and will be used to explore the millimeter and submillimeter window with unprecedent sensitivity and angular resolution.

ALMA is an international collaboration between East Asia, Europe and North America. Astronomers of the different participating countries will interact with ALMA via ALMA Regional Centres (ARC). The core of the European Regional Centre is located in Garching, Germany with a number of ARC nodes (see the Links page) spread over the continent.

Recent Nordic publications

A merger in the dusty, z = 7.5 galaxy A1689-zD1?
Knudsen, Kirsten K.; Watson, Darach; Frayer, David and 5 more

The Dense Molecular Gas and Nuclear Activity in the ULIRG IRAS13120-5453
Privon, G. C.; Aalto, S.; Falstad, N. and 12 more

ALMA Observations of the Water Fountain Pre-planetary Nebula IRAS 16342-3814: High-velocity Bipolar Jets and an Expanding Torus
Sahai, R.;   Vlemmings, W. H. T.;   Gledhill, T.   and 4 more

Search for aluminium monoxide in the winds of oxygen-rich AGB stars
De Beck, E.; Decin, L.; Ramstedt, S. and 4 more

Recent news

2017 April 21: The proposal archive is now open for the special call for ACA stand-alone proposals. Instructions on how to submit can be found here on the science portal.

2017 April 12: We have released a new tool to create synthesised visibilities from single-dish data. Find the task SD2vis on our software tools page.

2017 April 7: A special call for proposals for the ACA in stand-alone mode during the remainder of Cycle 4 has been issued. Proposal submission opens April 21. Find the full call for proposals here.

2017 March 21: The Call for proposals for ALMA Cycle 5 has been issued on the science portal. You can find the call here.

2017 February 3: The ALMA science portal has been restructured with a new design, making all information about ALMA easily accessible. 

2017 February 2: An update on the ALMA Cycle 5 capabilities, including baseline configuration information and Band 5 availability, is now available on the ALMA science portal.

2017 January 30: A new version (version 1.3) of PolConvert is now available for download under Software-tools.

2017 January 19:
The solar science verification data is now available on the ALMA science portal SV page.

2017 January 9:
A pre-announcement for ALMA Cycle 5 has been released on the ALMA science portal.

2017 January 9: 
New Science verification data of observations in ALMA band 5 are available on the ALMA science portal SV page. A release of solar science verification data is planned for January 18.