pipelines and still achieve adequate quality. This would jeopardize meeting the requirement that ALMA be accessible to a large community.

The committee concludes that two of the three level-1 requirements, involving sensitivity and high-contrast imaging of protostellar disks, will not be met with either a 40- or a 50-antenna array. It is not clear if the third requirement, on dynamic range, can be met with a 40-antenna array even if extremely long integrations are allowed for.

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