SSALMON - The Solar Simulations for the Atacama Large Millimeter Observatory Network
Journal article, 2015

The Solar Simulations for the Atacama Large Millimeter Observatory Network (SSALMON) was initiated in 2014 in connection with two ALMA development studies. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a powerful new tool, which can also observe the Sun at high spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution. The international SSALMONetwork aims at co-ordinating the further development of solar observing modes for ALMA and at promoting scientific opportunities for solar physics with particular focus on numerical simulations, which can provide important constraints for the observing modes and can aid the interpretation of future observations. The radiation detected by ALMA originates mostly in the solar chromosphere - a complex and dynamic layer between the photosphere and corona, which plays an important role in the transport of energy and matter and the heating of the outer layers of the solar atmosphere. Potential targets include active regions, prominences, quiet Sun regions, flares. Here, we give a brief overview over the network and potential science cases for future solar observations with ALMA.

Millimeter radiation



Solar atmosphere


S. Wedemeyer

Czech Academy of Sciences

University of Oslo

T. Bastian

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

R. Brajsa

University of Zagreb

Czech Academy of Sciences

M. Barta

Czech Academy of Sciences

H. Hudson

University of Glasgow

University of California

G. Fleishman

New Jersey Institute of Technology

M. Loukitcheva

Saint Petersburg State University - Spsu

Max Planck Society

B. Fleck

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

E. P. Kontar

University of Glasgow

B. De Pontieu

Lockheed Martin Corporation

S. Tiwari

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Y. Kato

University of Oslo

R. Soler

University of the Balearic Islands

P. Yagoubov

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

John H Black

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

P. Antolin

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

S. Gunar

Czech Academy of Sciences

University of St Andrews

N. Labrosse

University of Glasgow

A.O. Benz

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

A. Nindos

University of Ioannina

M. Steffen

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

E. Scullion

Trinity College Dublin

J. G. Doyle

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

T. Zaqarashvili

Institut fur Weltraumforschung

A. Hanslmeier

University of Graz

V. M. Nakariakov

The University of Warwick

P. Heinzel

Czech Academy of Sciences

T. Ayres

University of Colorado at Boulder

M. Karlicky

Czech Academy of Sciences

Advances in Space Research

0273-1177 (ISSN)

Vol. 56 12 2679-2692

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology


Basic sciences


Onsala Space Observatory



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