MERLIN Semester 08A Time Awards

The MERLIN Time Allocation Group of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time met on 19th December 2007 to consider proposals for Semester 08A (1st February - 30th June 2008). 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 08A. There are two EVN sessions within this period (28th February - 20th March, & 29th May - 19th June 2008).

The Lovell telescope will be available for L-Band operations during Semester 08A. 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.

Please note that operations during Semester 08A are to be made on a 'best efforts' basis. No guarantees can be given with regard to obtaining data in this Semester and the categories of assigned time have been modified to reflect this. Although every effort will be made to provide good quality data for approved programmes, observations may have to be curtailed if e-MERLIN commissioning dictates that telescopes are required for vital tests.

Time was awarded in the following categories:

TO: 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.

B1: Higher priority -- No commitment is given to complete observations in this category although most are likely to be observed.

B2: Lower priority -- No commitment is given to complete observations in this category although substantial numbers are likely to be 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/08A/01 The magnetic field around the high-mass protostar IRAS 18089-1732 - Wouter Vlemmings - 3 Runs B1 - Finished
MN/R/08A/02 The hyperyoung HII region G24.78+0.08 A1 - Luca Moscadelli - 2 Runs B1 - Finished
MN/R/08A/03 Relating gas dynamics with dust condensation in RSG winds - Tijl Verhoelst - - - -
MN/R/08A/04 The nature of the radio compact sources in the nucleus of NGC3556 - Andrea Tarchi C-Time - - Completed
MN/R/08A/05 Dating the circumnuclear starforming regions in NGC3351 - Guillermo Hagele 2 Runs B2 - - Completed
MN/R/08A/06 MERLIN observations of z~2 ULIRGs harbouring dust-obscured quasars - Anna Sajina 4 Runs B1 (Lovell) - - Completed
MN/R/08A/07 B0925+420: The first known 'triple double-lobed radio galaxy' - Catherine Brocksopp 1 Run B2 - - Finished
MN/R/08A/08 MERLIN observations of CH3OH 6.7GHz masers in IRAS 18566+0408 - Esteban Araya - 1 Run B1 - Completed
MN/R/08A/09 New excited OH masers from the MMB survey - Lyshia Quinn - 2 Runs B2 + C-Time (See Notes) - Under Way
MN/R/08A/10 Accurate positions of methanol masers from the MMB survey - Gary Fuller - 3 Runs B2 + C-Time (See Notes) - Under Way
MN/R/08A/11 Mapping the distribution of methanamine in Arp220 - Tapasi Ghosh - C-Time - Completed
MN/R/08A/12 Resolving the brightest lensed starburst galaxy RXS J1131-1231 - Olaf Wucknitz 2 Runs B1 (Lovell) - - Completed
MN/R/08A/13 Studies of the inner heliosphere at solar minimum - Andy Breen 2 Runs B1 - - Completed
MN/R/08A/14 Core flux densities for SENSE - Ian Browne - 1 Run B2 - Completed
MN/R/08A/15 HI absorption in icy obscured LIRGs: AGN or starbursts? - Susanne Aalto 1 Run B1 (Lovell) - - Completed
MN/R/08A/16 The orientation of young powerful jets - Steve Rawlings 5 Runs B1 + 8 Runs B2 - - Completed
MN/R/08A/17 Mapping methanol masers showing regular amplitude variations - Albert Zijlstra - 4 Runs B2 (See Notes) - Not Started
MN/T/08A/200 ToO observations of Galactic novae - Stewart Eyres - - - -
MN/T/08A/201 Radio jets in the 'hard state' of cataclysmic variables - Elmar Koerding - 3 Runs TO - Under Way
MN/T/08A/202 MERLIN polarization observations of GRS 1915+105 - Anthony Rushton - - - -
Existing Commitments
MN/06A/10 Water masers in proto-stars associated with methanol - Marian Szymczak - - 5 Runs A Under Way
MN/06B/19 Wind-collision evolution in WR140 - Sean Dougherty - - 2 Runs A Not Started
MN/06B/20 Proper motion of the radio components in WR146 - Sean Dougherty - - 1 Run A Not Started
Director's Override Up to 10 Runs TO
Notes on MN/R/08A/09 5 Runs B2 jointly awarded with MN/R/08A/10
Notes on MN/R/08A/10 5 Runs B2 jointly awarded with MN/R/08A/09
Notes on MN/T/08A/17 Time awarded for G9.62+0.2E & G188.95+089 only