Claudia Maraston will be part of the science assessor team of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, the largest radio telescope on Earth, located in the Atacama desert, Chile, at 5000 m above the sea level (www.almaobservatory.org). ALMA is an international partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia, whose science target is the understanding of cosmic origins, from the first stars and galaxies at the dawn of time to the formation of planets in our local Universe.
ALMA is a new-generation revolutionary instrument, comprising of a giant array of fifty 12-m antennas, which can be configured to achieve baselines up to 16 km. It is equipped with state-of-the-art receivers that cover all the atmospheric windows up to 1 THz.
Science assessors will select the most compelling science to be performed using ALMA and will be on duty for three years.