MERLIN Semester 07A Time Awards

The MERLIN Time Allocation Group of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time met on 14th November 2006 to consider 21 proposals for Semester 07A (1st February - 30th June 2007). Proposals were received for L-Band (1.4 - 1.7 GHz), C-Band (4.5 - 5.2 & 6.0 - 6.8 GHz), and K-Band (22.0 - 24.0 GHz). The amount of time approved is set by scheduling constraints, and by EVN commitments within Semester 07A. There are two EVN sessions within this period (1st - 22nd March, and 2nd May - 20th June 2007).

The Lovell telescope will be available for L-Band and C-Band MERLIN operations during Semester 07A. The MERLIN homestation is the Mk2 telescope unless stated otherwise.

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.

MN/R/07A/01 Accurate positions of methanol masers from the MMB survey - Jim Cohen - 5 Runs B - Completed
MN/R/07A/02 Accurate positions for methanol masers from the Torun blind survey - Jim Cohen - 2 Runs A - Completed
MN/R/07A/03 Water masers in M51 - Yoshiaki Hagiwara - - - -
MN/R/07A/04 Coordinated multi-wavelength observations of M81, NGC4258, & M104 - Rainer Schoedel - - 8 Runs B (See Notes) Not Started
MN/R/07A/05 Probing the true nature of the microquasar candidate LSI +61 303 - Miguel Perez-Torres - 5 Runs B (See Notes) - Completed
MN/R/07A/06 L-band observations of active star magnetospheres - Vito Graffagnino 4 Runs A (Lovell) (See Notes) - - Completed
MN/R/07A/07 A search for methanol masers in IRDCs - Marian Szymczak - 3 Runs B - Completed
MN/R/07A/08 Monitoring of radio supernovae in nearby starbursts - Rob Beswick 5 Runs B - - Completed
MN/R/07A/09 Unveiling the nature of SWIFT 1753.3-0127 at radio frequencies - Ralph Spencer - - - -
MN/R/07A/10 Forming Jupiter around HL Tau - Jane Greaves - 2 Runs A (Lovell) + C-Time - Completed
MN/T/07A/11 Emergence of a high-velocity water maser in Cepheus A - Wouter Vlemmings - - 1 Run B Completed
MN/R/07A/12 Searching for asymmetric gravitational lenses - Edward Boyce - 1 Run A - Completed
MN/R/07A/13 Investigating the non-thermal filament in IRAS 19132+1035 - James Miller-Jones 1 Run A (Lovell) - - Completed
MN/R/07A/14 Obtaining accurate positions for 6.7GHz methanol masers - Jagadheep Pandian - 3 Runs A - Completed
MN/R/07A/15 Co-ordinated studies of the solar minimum solar wind - Andy Breen 1 Run A (See Notes) 1 Run A (See Notes) - Completed
MN/R/07A/16U Masers towards HMPOs - Garry Fuller Time to be taken from with UMIST GTO allocation Completed
MN/R/07A/17 Studying the radio properties of Chandra discrete sources in NGC4449 - Daniel Rosa-Gonzalez 1 Run A (Lovell) + 1 Run B - - Completed
MN/R/07A/18 Extragalactic OH maser emission & its role in galaxy evolution - Victor Migenes - - - -
MN/T/07A/200 Relativistic ejections from transient high-energy astrophysical phenomena - Rob Fender 6 Runs TO - Under Way
MN/T/07A/201 Further ToO observations of nearby type II supernovae - Rob Beswick 2 Runs TO - Not Started
MN/T/07A/202 Radio jets in the 'hard state' of cataclysmic variables - Elmar Koerding 3 Runs TO - Completed
Existing Commitments
MN/T/06B/30 Target of Opportunity observations of novae - Stewart Eyres 6 Runs TO - Not Started
MN/R/07A/UMIST UMIST GTO 1 Run A (Lovell) + 2 Runs A 1 Run A (Lovell) + 3 Runs A - Completed
Director's Override 2 Runs TO
Notes on MN/R/07A/04 Conditional on the project being accepted for execution on the PdBI. Time awarded for M81 & NGC4258 only
Notes on MN/R/07A/05 Specific dates requested. Observations dependent on outcome of DDT observations in Semester 06B.
Notes on MN/R/07A/06 HR5110 only
Notes on MN/R/07A/15 Liase with MERLIN operation team for detailed scheduling