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AAT Future Instrumentation Workshop (held on 9 November 2007, ATNF Lecture Theatre)

Workshop Objective

Workshop summary and conclusions by Matthew Colless, AAO Director
A community workshop was held on Friday, 9 November 2007, at the AAO Epping laboratory to discuss the various options for a new instrument at the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT).

The objective of this one-day workshop was to receive community input to the science objectives and requirements, and to prioritise these options.  The AAO will likely make a final decision on which option to pursue by the middle of 2008.

Funds from the NCRIS scheme for the development of a new instrument for the AAT have been used to look at a variety of instrument options, including AAOmicron (an infrared multi-object spectrograph expanding AAOmega to 0.9-1.7microns), HERMES (a High Resolution Multi-object Echelle Spectrograph) and WFMOS-A (a wide-field multi-object optical spectrograph using Echidna fibre positioning).

The workshop featured talks on the science drivers for each main instrument concept, the planned technical capabilities, and an extended discussion of the instrument options.

Instrument Concepts Under Consideration

The following concepts have been explored by the AAO (see the August 2007 AAO Newsletter for further details):

WFMOS-A Baseline
Wavelength Regime
0.9 - 1.7 microns
370 - 950 nm
370 - 950 nm
370 - 950 nm
Resolving Power
1300 - 30000
~200 over 2 degrees
~400 over 2 degrees
1600 over 2 degrees
1600 over 2 degrees
List of Instrument Concepts under Review

List of Speakers

Science Drivers

Andrew Hopkins presented science applications for the AAOmicron concept.
Ken Freeman presented science applications for the HERMES concept.
Chris Blake presented science applications for the WFMOS-A baseline concept.

Tom Shanks gave an overview of a proposal for NG2dF/NG1dF which is an extreme multiplex (~10,000 slit) spectrograph with a 1dF (using the WIFI corrector) or 2dF (using the AAOmega corrector.
Karl Glazebrook presented an overview of instrumentation needs a seen from the AATAC perspective and user demand.
Will Saunders presented a novel possibility of improving the spectral resolution of AAOmega with extra gratings.

Technical Capabilities

Sam Barden presented an overview of technical details for instrument concepts.


10:00 - 10:15
Introduction and Background
Matthew Colless
10:15 - 10:35
NG1dF/NG2dF Science and Concept
Tom Shanks
10:35 - 11:15
AAOmicron Science
Andrew Hopkins
11:15 - 11:30
Morning Tea Break

11:30 - 12:10
WFMOS-A Science
Chris Blake
12:10 - 12:50
HERMES Science
Ken Freeman
12:50 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:20
Technical Overview of Concepts
Sam Barden
14:20 - 14:35
Perspective from AATAC
Karl Glazebrook (video link)
14:35 - 14:45
Other Presentations
Will Saunders
14:45 - 15:00
Afternoon Tea Break

15:00 - 16:15
Open Discussion
16:15 - 16:30
Closing Summary and Comments
Matthew Colless
End of Workshop

2006 Workshop Conclusions

A similar workshop was previously held in May 2006.  The conclusions reached at that time can be found in this document:
Report of the Workshop on a New Instrument for the AAT.

Sam Barden and Andy Bunker (updated 03 December 2007)