MERLIN Semester 08B Time Awards

The MERLIN Time Allocation Group of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time met on 12th June 2008 to consider proposals for Semester 08B (1st October 2008 - 31st January 2009). 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 08B. There will be an EVN session within this period (6th October - 6th November).

The Lovell telescope will be available for operations during Semester 08B. 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 08B 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.

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

B: 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/08B/01 Understanding massive star-formation: A systematic search for circumstellar disks in Cygnus X. - Lisa Harvey-Smith - 4 Runs A - Completed
MN/R/08B/02 Relating gas dynamics with dust condensation in RSG winds through water maser observations - Tijl Verhoelst - - 1 Run B (See Notes) Not Started
MN/R/08B/03 Imaging the emerging planetary nebula of Sakurai's object -Stewart Eyres - 4 Runs A - Under Way
MN/R/08B/04 The nature of the compact radio source/AX J183039-1002 in G21.6-0.0: a PWN or AGN? - Dave Green C-Time - - Under Way
MN/R/08B/05 New Ex-OH Masers from the MMB Survey - Lyshia Quinn - 1 Run B - Not Started
MN/R/08B/06 Compact Radio Sources in M31 - Anthony Rushton - 6 Runs B - Completed
MN/R/08B/07 Obtaining the first images of the newly-discovered 6.7-GHz methanol masers in DR21 - Lisa Harvey-Smith - 1 Run B - Not Started
MN/R/08B/08 Radio-quiescent Brightest Cluster Galaxies - Sleeping Giants? - Alistair Edge 3 Runs B 3 Runs B - Completed
MN/R/08B/09 A pilot study of NLS1-BAL quasars - Jens Zuther 2 Runs A - - Completed
MN/R/08B/10 The characterization OH Maser emision and its role in the evolution of IIZw96 - Luis Ramirez - - - -
MN/R/08B/11 Monitoring the development of known classical novae in outburst - Stewart Eyres - 1 Run B (Lovell) - Under Way
MN/R/08B/12 Radio snapshots of Blazar-like Narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies - Jens Zuther 4 Runs B 4 Runs B - Completed
MN/R/08B/13 The orientation of young powerful jets - Steve Rawlings - 13 Runs A - Completed
MN/T/08B/200 ToO observations of Galactic novae - Stewart Eyres - 3 Runs TO - Under Way
MN/T/08B/201 Masers in massive star forming regions - Miguel Trinidad 1 Run B 1 Run B 1 Run B Not Started
MN/T/08B/202 Further Target of Opportunity observations of nearby core collapse supernovae - Megan Argo - 3 Runs TO - Under Way
MN/T/08B/203 Planetesimal growth around the youngest protostar - Derek Ward-Thompson - 2 Runs A - Not Started
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/T/08B/02 Time awarded for PZ-Cas only