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Paper: Debris Disks, Planetary Systems, and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)
Volume: 324, Debris Disks and the Formation of Planets: A Symposium in Memory of Fred Gillett
Page: 277
Authors: Wootten, A.; Mangum, J.G.; Holdaway, M.
Abstract: The Atacama Large Millimeter Array, or ALMA, is an international telescope project which will be built over the coming decade in Northern Chile. With over 7000 m2 of collecting area comprised of 64 12m antennas arrayed over baselines up to 14 km in extent, ALMA will provide images of unprecedented clarity and detail. One revolutionary feature of ALMA will be its ability to combine interferometric and single telescope data, providing complete flux recovery. ALMA will cover a spectral wavelength range from 7mm to <0.3 mm, providing astronomy with a detailed look at the structures which emit millimeter and submillimeter photons. The mapping of planetary debris disk systems will be among the most challenging projects for ALMA due to their large angular size (5-30″) and weak emission (less than 50 mJy at 345 Ghz).
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