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Call for Observing Proposals for the Plateau de Bure Interferometer

Conditions for the next winter session

For the next winter period we will still rely on transport by helicopter and on ground transport in a few cases. The number of these transports will be kept to a minimum, and so will be the number of people on the site. This will impact on our ability to do configuration changes.

As a consequence, we strongly encourage the submission of proposals for the next winter period, but insist that these proposals are for the D and C2 configuration only. As changes between compact and extended configurations like CC, BC, BB, AB require a considerable effort in winter, higher resolution observations will not be available.

We therefore ask investigators to submit proposals for the D and C2 configurations only. These configurations offer already a useful palette of possibilities: deep integrations, low and medium resolution observations in the snapshot, mapping or mosaicing modes. When combined, they provide an angular resolution of $\sim 1.8''$ at 230 GHz and 30$^\circ $ declination.

Applications should not yet take into account the capabilities of the new six antenna correlator. Observational procedures will be adapted before scheduling to make best use of its extended capabilities, after consultation with the principal investigators. Please note that the instrumental bandwidth will be limited by the receivers, i.e. the extended bandwidth of the correlator will not yet be fully available on the sky.

Call for Proposals

Observing proposals are invited for the Plateau de Bure Interferometer for the period Nov 15, 2000 to May 15, 2001. The deadline for applications is September 11th, 2000, 18:00h (MET).

Details of the PdBI and the observing procedures are given in the document ``The Plateau de Bure Interferometer (PdBI)''. A copy can be obtained from the address below or from Internet via the World-Wide-Web (use IRAM's page at Proposers should read this document carefully before submitting any proposal.

Proposals may be submitted in one of the three following ways:

Do not use characters smaller than 11pt, which could make your proposal illegible when copied or faxed. For the same reason avoid sending by fax figures with grey scale maps. In case your proposal reaches us in time, but is incomplete or unreadable when copied, we will try our best to contact you. The Principal Investigator will receive by return mail an acknowledgement of receipt and the proposal number.

Proposal templates as well as the Latex style file proposal.sty may be obtained by anonymous ftp from (directory dist/proposal); or from Internet via the World-Wide-Web at In case of problems, contact the secretary, Cathy Berjaud.

We encourage the use of the electronic submission facility. Proposals sent by e-mail, however, will not be accepted.

The scientific aims of the proposed programme should be explained in 2 pages of text maximum, plus up to two pages of figures, tables, and references. Proposals should be self-explanatory, clearly state the scientific aims, and explain the need of the Plateau de Bure Interferometer.

In all cases, indicate on the first page whether your proposal is (or is not) the resubmission of a previously rejected proposal, or the continuation of a previously accepted proposal. In case of a resubmission, state very briefly in the introduction why the proposal is being resubmitted (e.g. improved scientific justification).

Details on receivers, signal to noise, atmospheric phase compensation, observing modes, data reduction and local contact have not changed and can be found in Newsletter 41 (August 1999). Correlator configuration choices should also be made according to the capabilities of the current five antenna correlator.


The documentation for the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer includes documents of general interest to potential users: More specialized documents are also available; they are intended for observers on the site (IRAM on-duty astronomers, operators, or observers with non-standard programs):

Roberto NERI

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