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					   Radio Astronomy in Mexico
     Luis F. Rodríguez
     Centro de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica,
     UNAM



• Background
• Two major projects
• SKA?
              Who/Where we are…
• ~130 astronomers at ~7 research centers
• ~14 radio astronomers at ~4 research centers

    UNAM                       INAOE and others
    Stan Kurtz                 David Hughes
    Yolanda Gomez              William Wall
    Laurent Loinard            Eugeni Lekth
    Luis F. Rodríguez          Eduardo Mendoza
    Salvador Curiel            Victor Migenes
    Jose Antonio Garcia-Barreto Miguel Angel Trinidad
    Luis Zapata                 Carlos Rodríguez-Rico


• ~2 PhD students per year in radio astronomy
               Two Major Projects

 EVLA - Expanded Very Large Array +
 ALMA – Atacama Large Millimeter Array
        Centro de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica, UNAM



LMT - The Large Millimeter Telescope
      Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Optica y Electrónica
            EVLA and ALMA




• 2 million US$ “mega” project
• CONACyT funding, L.F. Rodríguez the P.I.
• Despite extensive efforts, no Mexican
  contractors found; funding won by NRAO
• Assures competitive Mexican access to ALMA
       The Large Millimeter Telescope




Largest Mexican science/technology project ever attempted
INAOE-UMASS collaboration
~ 80 million US$ spent ~ 20 million US$ still needed
Large Millimeter Telescope
                  Testing to start in
                  2007
                  Many challenges still
                  in the future
 Implications for SKA participation

• Mexico has a small but active (and growing)
  radio community with a definite interest in SKA.

• Short term prospects for formal participation are
  complex (rest of science community wants to
  see results from ELVA+ALMA and from LMT).

• Medium and long term prospects are good, most
  possibly through a one-time financial
  contribution.
   Previous Experience Indicates
              That…
• It is highly desirable that funding is spent within
  Mexico.

• Technical innovation and development as a
   Mexican contribution is quite challenging. A lot
  of work and organization are needed.
  Infrastructure is relatively strong.

• One-time financial contributions are more
  viable than long-term commitments.

				
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