Three Radio Astronomy Futures: EVLA, ALMA and SKA - Dr. Mark Adams

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Jan 10, 2007 - Three Radio Astronomy Futures: EVLA, ALMA, and SKA - Dr. Mark Adams

Two major international radio astronomy research facilities are now under construction: the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) in the southwestern United States, and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the high-elevation desert of northern Chile. A third new international research facility, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), is in its early design phase. This talk will provide an overview of the scope, design, and schedule for each of these extraordinary new facilities.


Bio: Mark Adams works for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is the Assistant Director for Education & Public Outreach. Mark received an undergraduate astronomy degree from the Pennsylvania State University, then attended the University of Arizona, where he completed his Ph.D., also in astronomy. After 13 years working in industry, Mark returned to astronomy in 1994 when he became the site director for the University of Texas - McDonald Observatory in west Texas. Mark moved to Virginia and the NRAO in January 2004. During his career, Mark has conducted research at radio, optical, and infrared wavelengths and has published papers on star formation, gravitational lenses, radio galaxies, Wolf-Rayet stars, supernovae, quasars, fiber optics, and large telescope operations. Mark has also written popular articles on astronomy and natural history, including a book published in 2003 by Texas A&M University Press titled �Chasing Birds across Texas: A Birding Big Year.�

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