How do I obtain a file of calibrated visibilities ("measurement set") for ALMA data?
Posted by Sarah Wood, Last modified by Gergö Popping on 27 February 2020 08:01 AM
Calibrated measurement sets are now directly provided by the ARCs. More information on the process is given below:
The EA ARC: The PI automatically gets an email with a download link for the calibrated measurement sets. Other users can contact the Helpdesk to request a calibrated measurement set (if it's not under proprietary time).
The NA ARC: The PI automatically get a download link posted on their project ticket once the data is delivered and have a window of 30 days to download the calibrated measurement set. After this window a request can be placed through a Helpdesk ticket. The Helpdesk is also the contact point for users requesting calibrated measurements not under proprietary time anymore. More information is given here.
Manual generation of calibrated measurement sets is done in the following way:
ALMA raw data (asdm), data products (images or cubes), and auxiliary data (scripts, logs and quality assessment figures) are stored in the archive for each data delivery. This data includes the calibration and flagging tables.
Start the correct version of casa (or "casa --pipeline" for data reduced using the ALMA pipeline) What CASA version was used for QA2? and type
If the MOUS contains one in the scripts directory, the MS can then be processed with the commands in the "scriptForImaging.py" script. The "scriptForImaging.py" script may partially be interactive (for masking) and should be executed by copying and pasting the commands from the script to the casa prompt, rather than by the "exec file" command.
If your data was calibrated using the ALMA Science Pipeline, please see the CASA Guide for Imaging Pipeline Reprocessing or the document "ALMA Science Pipeline Quickstart Guide" available from the Documents page of ALMA Science Portal for more information.