Near Infra-red Instrumentation Worskhop
September 16, 2009 (Wednesday)
Cahill Center for Astrophysics, Caltech
Start 0900, End 1730
S. R. Kulkarni (Science Organizer) srk AT astro.caltech.edu
A. M. Hetman (Local Organizer) amh AT astro.caltech.edu
A. Boden (Local Organizer) bode AT astro.caltech.edu
Broadly speaking long wavelength astronomy is on the ascent.
Spitzer performed spectacularly during the cryo phase and has
now embarked what could be a very productive warm phase.
year Akari finished a sensitive four-band sky survey. This year
saw the successful launch of Herschel. In less than three months we expect
the WISE mission (a UCLA-JPL-IPAC mission) will be launched. In the near
future we will see ALMA and JWST. The purpose of this 1-day workshop
is to review the NIR instrumentation suite at the WM Keck Observatory
and to plan for future NIR instruments based on the opportunities
made available from the above missions and facilities.
I. The Broad View
Keep your Friends Close but Enemies Closer:
A Review of NIR Instrumentation Elsewhere
[K. Glazebrook*, Swinburne]
The WISE Mission [E. Wright*, Principal Investigator, UCLA] (30 min)
II. NIRC: Looking back (Swan song) and going forward [Soifer*, Principal Investigator,
Caltech] [30 min]
1000-1030 Coffee Break
OSIRIS: Capabilities & Performance [Larkin*, Principal Investigator, UCLA]
OSIRIS: A User's perspective (Extra-galactic) [David Law*, UCLA]
OSIRIS: A User's perspective (Galactic) [Tuan Do*, UCLA]
OSIRIS: A Users's perspective (Planetary) [Mate Adamkovics*, UCB]
1230-1400 Lunch Break
IV. MOSFIRE: The Instrument & The Science [Steidel*, Co-Principal
V. TRIPLESPEC & NIRES
NIRES: Capabilities [Matthews*, Principal Investigator, Caltech] (20 min)
TripleSpec & TEDI [T. Herter/P. Muirhead*, Cornell University] (30 min)
1420-1450 Coffee Break (30 min)
VI. The near Future
NIRSPEC: Performance, Science & Potential upgrade [McLean(PI)/Adkins^, UCLA/WMKO] (30 min)
Ground-Based Followup of WISE sources [Eisenhardt*, Project Scientist, JPL] (30 min)
VII Panel Discussion (Chaired by T. Armandroff)
(*) ... Confirmed
(^) ... Details being worked out
Feedback on NIR Instrumentation at WMKO (Status, New Modes)
Discussion: What new capabilities do we need?
- Wide field NIR imaging (Peter Capak*)
- Sensitive single object spectroscopy & imaging, seeing limited (Soifer^/TBD)
- Precision RV (led by Muirhead*)
- Sensitive single object spectroscopy & imaging, diffracion limited
- Other topics ....
1730 END OF WORKSHOP
Parking is available in the underground parking garage (identified
as Parking Structure 3 in the
You need to buy a day pass from a machine ($6) and display the receipt.
Additional logistical information on Cahill and Pasadena
is available here
This is meeting low on budget and high on intellectual quality.
We will provide coffee and pastries (morning)
and cold drinks and cookies (afternoon). For lunch we direct you to
Chandler student cafeteria or the shops close at Lake and California
(a five minute walk).
Your allocated time includes 5 min (for both 20 minute and
30 minute talks). You will be given a wrap-up sign five
minutes before your allocated talking time. For example, a 30 minute
speaker will be given the sign 20 minutes into talk. Talk ends
25 minutes into the talk and is followed by Q&A for the remaining
five minutes. We urge the speakers to stick to their time limit.
Q&A makes workshops more exciting.
Kulkarni will be taking notes and this chore will be simplified if
please number your slides.