SSALMON is an international scientific network, which was initiated on September 1st, 2014, in order to coordinate modeling efforts that will help to plan, optimize and analyze solar observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).
This website is kindly hosted by the University of Oslo, Norway. See also the closely related, ERC-funded SolarALMA project.
ALMA observations of the Sun and the role of numerical simulations
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a valuable tool for observing the chromosphere of our Sun at (sub-)millimeter wavelengths at high spatial, temporal and spectral resolution with large potential to address long-standing scientific questions in solar physics. The interferometric array is located on the Chajnantor plateau in the Chilean Andes at an altitude of 5000 m and consists of 66 antennas (most of them with a diameter of 12 m). By combining the antennae, they act like a giant telescope with baselines of up to 16 km. (Introductory movie and more information.)
Numerical simulations of the solar chromosphere can play an important role for the planning, optimizing and interpretation of observations with ALMA. Synthetic brightness temperature maps, which are calculated from numerical models, can be used to simulate what ALMA would observe (see animation to the right). This way different instrumental set-ups can be tested and adjusted to the scientific requirements. The activities of our network will focus on all related simulation and modelling aspects from calculating models of the solar atmosphere, producing synthetic brightness temperature maps, applying instrumental effects to comparison with real ALMA observations of the Sun. The general procedure is outlined in the illustration below (click for large version).
Current and upcoming activities
See our activity calendar for a full overview including previous activities.
|October 2016:||Cycle 4 has begun and first regular solar observations with ALMA will be carried out soon.|
|April 2017:||Deadline for observing proposals for Cycle 5|