MERLIN Semester 03B Time Awards

The MERLIN Time Allocation Group of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time met on 6th May 2003 to consider 23 proposals for Semester 03B (1st October 2003 to 31st January 2004). Proposals were received for K-Band (21 - 24 GHz),C-Band (4.5 - 5.2 GHz), and Methanol (6 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 03B. There is a single EVN session within this period (6th - 26th November).

The Lovell telescope will be available for 5 GHz MERLIN operations during the latter part of Semester 03B. The default homestation for MERLIN is the Mk2 telescope.

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, and B 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/03B/01 Black hole, accretion disk, and dark matter in NGC 5506 - Z.Yu - - - -
MN/03B/02 Relativistic ejections from X-ray transients - R.P.Fender 6 Runs TO (See Notes) Under Way
MN/03B/03 A Sensitive Search for Extragalactic Methanol Masers - L.Harvey-Smith - 4 Runs A (Lovell) - Finished
MN/03B/04 TOO Observations of Transient Jets from Symbiotic Stars in Outburst - C.Brocksopp 3 Runs TO (See Notes) Not Started
MN/03B/05 Disks and jets explored by means of the CH3OH and H2O masers - Moscadelli - - - -
MN/03B/06 Enhanced sensitivity observations of Z And - a pilot project - S.P.S.Eyres - 4 Runs B - Completed
MN/03B/07 MERLIN H2CO absorption studies of nearby Starburst galaxies - R.J.Beswick - 1 Run A (Lovell) - Completed
MN/03B/08 MERLIN H2CO absorption studies of nearby Active Galactic Nuclei - M.Strong - 1 Run A (Lovell) - Completed
MN/03B/09 Identification of Weak Microquasars - R.E.Spencer - 7 Runs B + C-Time - Completed
MN/03B/10 Astrometry and Polarization Imaging of the T Tau System - K.J.Johnston - 5 Runs B - Completed
MN/03B/11 Radio Star Observations for a Radio/Optical Frame Tie - K.J.Johnston - 2 Runs A (Lovell) - Completed
MN/03B/12 Restarted activity in AGN with compact radio structures - A.Marecki - 4 Runs A + 1 Run B + C-Time - Completed
MN/03B/13 5GHz continuum observations of IRAS 17208-0014 and NGC7674 - E.Momjian - 4 Runs A (Lovell) + C-Time - Completed
MN/03B/14 Mapping of proto-star environments in methanol line - M.Szymczak - 5 Runs B - Completed
MN/03B/15 HD125858: an unusual radio star? - G.A.Wynn - 5 Runs B - Completed
MN/03B/16 Simultaneous MERLIN and Chandra X-Ray Observations of RS CVns - A.Brown - 9 Runs B (See Notes) - Withdrawn
MN/03B/17 Imaging the extended methanol maser emission - J.Conway - 4 Runs A - Completed
MN/03B/18 Precessing Jets in the Nano-Quasar CH Cygni? - M.F.Bode - 3 Runs A (See Notes) - Under Way
MN/03B/19 MERLIN Observations of Compact COLA-N Radio Sources - J.Conway - 8 Runs B + C-Time - Completed
MN/03B/20 Compact HII regions in the spiral galaxy M33 - M.G.Hoare - - - -
MN/03B/21 The Radio Jet in M51 - W.A.Baan - - - -
MN/03B/22 Formaldehyde in Arp 220 - Mapping the Megamaser - W.A.Baan - 2 Runs A (Lovell) - Completed
MN/03B/23 Enigmatic Compact Radio Source in NGC1977 - D.A.Roshi - - - -
Existing Commitments
MN/03A/32 Relativistic ejections from X-ray transients - R.P. Fender 6 Runs TO (See Notes) Completed
Director's Override 2 Runs TO
Notes on MN/03A/02 Up to 4 Runs per Semester & Long-Term Status to Semester 04A
Notes on MN/03B/02 (Resubmission of MN/03A/32) Up to 6 Runs per Semester & Long-Term Status to Semester 04A
Notes on MN/03B/04 Up to 3 Runs per Semester & Long-Term Status to Semester 04A
Notes on MN/03B/16 9 Runs B & Long-Term Status to Semester 04A contingent on being granted time with Chandra and the VLA
Notes on MN/03B/18 3 Runs A in 03B + 2 Runs A in 04A & Long-Term Status to Semester 04A

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