Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) - Revealing New Chemical and Physical Views of the Cosmos
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has already provided a new and exciting views of the Universe even before it has reached Full Science Observations. With the availability of both Science Verification data and PI data that are now publically available to the scientific community, we have only touched the surface of what is possible with the current array of ALMA capabilities. In this presentation, I will highlight the capabilities of this groundbreaking new facility which is providing order of magnitude improvements in sensitivity, resolution and bandwidth than any current astronomical observatory operating at these wavelengths. ALMA is open to wide variety of scientific investigation and has already challenged our current understanding of star and planet formation, investigations into general relativity and uncovered a molecular complexity in a variety of astronomical conditions that have no terrestrial counterpart. ALMA is capable of testing current physical and chemical theory in the most extreme environments imaginable. Finally, I will present an opportunity to get involved in the future of the ALMA observatory as it is constantly being expanded to meet the needs of the scientific community.