The AAO are now holding a community workshop to consider options for next-generation instrumentation for both the AAT and the UKST. In this one-day workshop we will examine a series of strawman instrument configurations from a technical and scientific point of view. The instrument options: Hector, WFMOS-A, Ng1df, Veloce, AAOmicron, and UKIDNA, have emerged from a series of internal meetings at the AAO. See AAO Next Generation Instrument Options for a technical overview and summary of the key science drivers for each of these instrument concepts.
The objective of this one-day workshop is to seek input – both feedback on these options and other possible instrument concepts – from the Australian astronomical community, before developing a small number of instrument concepts further.
A next-generation large AAT/UKST instrument is expected to:
- provide a compelling high-impact scientific outcome;
- provide a wide-ranging science capability;
- serve a large fraction of the Australian astronomical community;
- be competitive with other international facilities, including those developed by the AAO;
- take advantage of the AAT/UKST telescope parameters and site conditions;
- match AAO technical expertise and experience;
- push new (robotic and/or photonic) technologies; and
- operate over at least a five-year period.
- 09.15: Introduction – Matthew Colless
- 09.30: Overview of Instrument Concepts – Jon Lawrence
- 10.00: Hector Science – Scott Croom
- 10.30: Morning tea
- 11.00: WFMOS-A Science – Karl Glazebrook
- 11.30: AAOmicron Science – Simon Ellis
- 12.00: Ng1df Science – Michael Drinkwater
- 12.30: Lunch
- 13.30: Veloce Science – Chris Tinney
- 14.00: UKIDNA Science – Andrew Hopkins
- 14.30: Other concepts – open to participants
- 15.00: Afternoon tea
- 15.30: Discussion, summary and Actions – Andy Sheinis
- 17.00: Meeting close
Please email Jon Lawrence (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register before 13 April.