MERLIN Semester 01B Time Awards

The MERLIN Time Allocation Group of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time met on 11th June 2001 to consider 28 proposals for Semester 01B (1st August 2001 to 31st January 2002. Proposals were received for K-Band (21 -24 GHz), C-Band (4.5 - 5.2 GHz), Methanol (6GHz Mk2 and Cambridge only), and L-Band (1.4 - 1.7 GHz). The amount of time approved in each band is set by the approved time in the successful proposals, underlying scheduling constraints, and by EVN commitments within Semester 01B. There is one EVN sessions within this period (8th - 29th November). Some approved time at L-Band with the Mk2 telescope as homestation may be observed in the first week of Semester 02A. Observations in Semester 01B will commence at C/K-Band and are at present scheduled to change to L-Band during the engineering period 10th - 24th December 2001. Lovell L-Band observations will take place during January 2002.

Please note that the Lovell telescope will not be available for MERLIN operations during Semester 02A due to scheduled resurfacing work. The telescope should become operational again for Semester 02B. Resurfacing will allow the telescope to be used with MERLIN at both L and C-Band. Surface alignment is scheduled to occur during Semester 02B. C-Band operations should become possible around the end of Semester 02B and the start of Semester 03A.

Detailed feedback will be circulated to as soon as possible after the provisional allocation appears on the MERLIN website.

Time was awarded in the following categories:

A and TO: Highest priority -- Observations are not guaranteed, but in the past all or almost all of the observations in this category are usually completed. TO time is for Target of Opportunity observations. Should these not arise they are covered by additional B priority time.

B: Lower priority -- No commitment is given to complete observations in this category, though a significant number are usually observed. For certain projects, this may include observations with a subset of the MERLIN array.

C: Fill-in -- Short observations of a few hours duration for projects in this category may be used to fill scheduling gaps in the A, B, and B2 programmes.

Programmes with K P Status are MERLIN KEY PROGRAMMES. These projects may be awarded large amounts of time, but on the condition that the data be made available to the community in an easily digestible form within a year of the completion of the observations. Observations may span more than one Semester. Information of any KEY PROGRAMME commitments for observations in later Semesters is not listed here but is contained within the detailed feedback forwarded to the project PI.

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MN/01B/01 Observations of OH megamasers in IRAS10173+0828 2 Runs A (Lovell) - -
MN/01B/02 Astrometry of newly detected methanol masers - 1 Run A (Methanol) -
MN/01B/03 A radio supernova in the circumstellar starburst of NGC7469 2 Runs A (Lovell) 2 Runs A -
MN/01B/04 A Snapshot Survey of Nearby Active Galaxies - 2 Runs B -
MN/01B/05 Mapping the Einstein Ring in Gravitational Lens B0218+357 1 Run A - -
MN/01B/06 Pol. Observations of the 1720 MHz Masers in W28, W44, & W51C 6 Runs A (Lovell) + 2 Runs A - -
MN/01B/07 Parsec scale radio emission in the nuclei of nearby Seyfert galaxies - - -
MN/01B/08 The galaxy IRAS 02483+4302 and quasar S4 0248+430 - - -
MN/01B/09 Deep, high-resolution observations of YSOs in HH7-11 - 8 Runs A + 8 Runs B -
MN/01B/10 A microquasar in the nucleus of M33? 1 Run A 1 Run A -
MN/01B/11 Relativistic ejections from X-ray transients - 6 Runs TO -
MN/01B/12 Angular Expansion Measurement of NGC7027 - 1 Run B -
MN/01B/13 Imaging the off-nuclear water maser in NGC1068 - - 2 Runs B
MN/01B/14 Imaging Survey of Northern Methanol Masers - 1 Run A + 3 Runs B (Methanol) -
MN/01B/15 An Investigation of the Atomic gas-dust correlation in Radio Galaxies 3 Runs B - -
MN/01B/16 MERLIN Imaging of Newly Discovered X-ray/Optical Jets 4 Runs A (Lovell) - -
MN/01B/17 Full Stokes Images of the H2CO Maser in H II Region NGC7538 - 1 Run B -
MN/01B/18 Water maser emission from carbon star V778 Cyg - - 1 Run B
MN/01B/19 The magnetic field close to VX Sgr 2 Runs A (Lovell) - -
MN/01B/20 Toward Circular Polarisation Measurements with MERLIN - 1 Run B -
MN/01B/21 Continued monitoring of the radio sources in M82 - 1 Run A -
MN/01B/22 A MERLIN Survey of Distant OH Megamasers - - -
MN/01B/23 Mapping the OH Masers of the Hypergiant Star IRAS19566+3423 - - -
MN/01B/24 The Proper Motions of Young Pulsars 6 Runs A (Lovell) - -
MN/01B/25 ToO Long-Track Observations of the Final CLASS Lens Sample - 4 Runs A -
MN/01B/26 Polarization Imaging of the T Tau System - 2 Runs A -
MN/01B/27 Radio Star Observations for a FAME/ICRF Frame Tie - 2 Runs A + C Time -
MN/01B/28 2nd Epoch Observations of OH Around IRC+10420 5 Runs B - -
Existing Commitments
MN/00A/14 Classical and Recurrent Novae Targets of Opportunity - 4 Runs TO (LT Status to 01B) -
MN/01A/Various Missed A Priority Runs Due To Poor Weather - - 5 Runs A
Director's Override 2 Runs TO
Notes on MN/01B/09 Key Programme Status + Long-Term Status to Semester 02A
Notes on MN/01B/11 Long-Term Status to Semester 02A

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