PILOT (the Pathfinder for an International Large Optical Telescope) is a proposed 2.4m optical/infrared telescope for Dome C on the Antarctic plateau, where the median seeing is 0.3" and the thermal backgrounds 1 - 2 orders of magnitude below temperate sites. It would be a joint European/Australian facility, with target first light in 2012. The proposed design accommodates both diffraction-limited and wide-field seeing-limited observations, from 0.4 - 20 microns. Key science drivers include Galactic ecology, the oldest galaxies, the most distant gamma-ray bursters, and the equation of state of the Universe.
The PILOT Roadshow is intended to spread awareness and initiate creative thought about the unique possibilities of the project. We are also inviting feedback on our strawman design, to ensure that we best meet the science requirements of the community. We will present technical, scientific and political overviews of the project, with plenty of time for feedback and discussion.
The Roadshow is presented by Michael Burton, Jon Lawrence, Will Saunders and John Storey.
Typically there is a 60 - 75 minute presentation, followed by an extended discussion session.
- 4th March 2008, Swinburne University of Technology
- 7th March 2008, ATNF and AAO
- 14th March 2008, University of Sydney, 1pm rm LT1
- 17th April 2008, Australian National University 2pm Duffield Lecture Theatre
- 2nd May 2008, University of Queensland
- 23rd May 2008, 2pm, University of Tasmania
- 5th June 2008, Macquarie University 3pm E7B 100