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2010 Hydra-Nix Meeting

ALMA Observation Prospects

Presented by: Bryan Butler  (NRAO )
Category: Science Workshops   Duration: 30 minutes   Broadcast date: May 12, 2010
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The next generation millimeter to submillimeter wavelength synthesis telescope, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), will be an excellent instrument for solar and extrasolar system studies. With outstanding antennas, receivers, and site (at 5000m altitude in the northern Chilean Andes), the sensitivity of the instrument will be fantastic. Given expected physical properties of Nix and Hydra, ALMA should be able to detect them in a few to a few 10's of hours, depending on diameter, and discrimination between diameters of 50 and 100 km should be straightforward. Observing with ALMA should begin in 2011, and the Pluto system will be a prime candidate for early science observations.

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