Overview of Project

We will introduce the topic of Radio Astrophysics to students in the last year of careers in Physics, Engineering and related areas. The registration will be open to Universities of the Latin American Region that does not have or is implementing radio astronomical infrastructure. Our motivation to promote this specific area is the relatively recent beginning of the operation and increasing scientific production of ALMA and the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), two world-class and largest millimeter-wavelength facilities built in Latin America. The workshop will be divided into two sections: the first week with regular lectures to provide fundamental knowledge and topics related to radio-astronomy, and a second week with “hands-on” projects led by researchers in the Astrophysics Department of INAOE. In 2016, a dozen students from different states of Mexico and two students from universities in Center and South America attended our first workshop. All transportation costs had to be covered by the students. For the 2017 workshop, the number of participants was increased to 20, including students from Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Mexico. It was thanks to the support from IAU-OAD that we were able to cover all the traveling expenses for the students, which opened the opportunity to include students from a wider range of Latin American countries. Our main goal for 2018 is to repeat the success of the TNT2017 workshop.