MERLIN Semester 02A Time Awards

The MERLIN Time Allocation Group of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time met on 13th December 2001 to consider 28 proposals for Semester 02A (1st February 2002 to 31st July 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 02A. There are two EVN sessions within this period (5th - 28th February, and 23rd May - 13th June). Initially, observations for Semester 02A will be at L-Band. A single change from L to C/K-Band will be made around the end of March or early April 2002.

Please note that the Lovell telescope will not be available for MERLIN operations during Semester 02A due to operational constraints associated with the 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 and 03A. C-Band operations should become possible around the end of Semester 03A and the start of Semester 03B.

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.

Please note that the information given here is PROVISIONAL. Official notification will be distributed from PATT in Swindon.

Programme Status: Not Started, Under Way, Completed, Finished-programme may not have been fully completed.

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MN/02A/01 Nebulosity around AG Dra - R.N. Ogley - 1 Run A - Completed
MN/02A/02 Imaging the OH Maser Shells Around PPN Objects II - I. Bains 6 Runs A - - Completed
MN/02A/03 HI absorption and OH Megamaser observations of Starbursts - A.G. Polatidis 3 Runs A - - Finished
MN/02A/04 HD125858: an unusual radio star? - J.D. Law-Green - - - -
MN/02A/05 Classical and recurrent novae as targets of opportunity - S.P.S. Eyres 4 Runs TO Under Way
MN/02A/06 5GHz radio continuum maps of the Saturn and Cat's Eye nebulae - X.W. Liu - - - -
MN/02A/07 H2O maser emission in M82 - a candidate for a micro black hole - Y. Hagiwara - - 1 Run A Completed
MN/02A/08 Deep, high resolution radio observations of P Cygni's variable wind - K. Exter - 1 Run A - Completed
MN/02A/09 Free-free absorption in the LIRG IIIZw35 - Y.M. Pihlstrom - 1 Run B - Completed
MN/02A/10 H2O Maser Motions in Ceph A HW2 - J.F. Gallimore - - 1 Run A Completed
MN/02A/11 Parsec scale radio emission in the nuclei of nearby Seyfert galaxies - S. Leon 1 Run A - - Completed
MN/02A/12 MERLIN Observations of PSR 1951+32's Synchrotron Nebula - A. Golden 1 Run A - - Completed
MN/02A/13 H2O Masers in Protoplanetary Disks - J.F. Gallimore - - 2 Runs A Completed
MN/02A/14 OH absorption in IC883 - P. Alexander 2 Runs A - - Finished
MN/02A/15 Small-scale lenses and the density of compact objects - N.J. Jackson - 1 Run A + 5 Runs B + C Time - Completed
MN/02A/16 The Masers of IRAS20126+4104 - G.A. Fuller 1 Run A 1 Run B (Methanol) 1 Run B Completed
MN/02A/17 Astrometry of methanol masers detected in an unbiased survey - M. Szymczak - 4 Runs A + 4 Runs B + C Time (Methanol) - Completed
MN/02A/18 Extended Jet Emission from the Symbiotic Star Z And in Outburst - C. Brocksopp - 2 Runs A + 2 Runs B - Completed
MN/02A/19 The Search for Water Masers in Supernova remnants - J.M. Woodall - - - -
MN/02A/20 High-resolution observations of Orion-KL polarized water masers - S. Horiuchi - - 1 Run A + 2 Runs B Finished
MN/02A/21 Co-ordinated IPS and optical/UV observations of the solar wind - A.R. Breen - 2 Runs A - Completed
MN/02A/22 Mapping the OH Masers of the Hypergiant Star IRAS 19566+3423 - B.M. Lewis 3 Runs A - - Completed
MN/02A/23 Evolution of the supergiant NML Cyg - S. Etoka 1 Run A - 1 Run A Completed
MN/02A/24 Full Polarisation mapping of AGB stars - M. Szymczak 2 Runs A + 3 Runs B - - Finished
MN/02A/25 Radio-microlensing as means of studying Quasars - E. Xanthopoulos - - - -
MN/02A/26 High-resolution observations of low Galactic latitude sources - D.J. Saikia 3 Runs A 3 Runs A - Completed
MN/02A/27 Deep MERLIN Imaging Of The Starburst Galaxy M82 - T.W.B. Muxlow - 9 Runs A - Completed
MN/02A/28 A New Planetary nebula ?? - P. Thomasson 2 Runs B - - Not Started
Existing Commitments
MN/01A/Various Missed A Priority Runs Due To Poor Weather - - 4 Runs A Completed
MN/01B/11 Relativistic ejections from X-ray transients 4 Runs TO Under Way
Director's Override 2 Runs TO
Notes on MN/02A/05 Long-Term Status to Semester 02B

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