Talk by Gemini director at Caltech.
About 180 employees distributed over two sites. Not staffed to build own
instruments. [Note: Keck has ~115 at one site].
Random note: no naysmith platforms for Gemini which makes Highres spec hard.
Five casegrin ports but two are used for AO + Calibration. Any given time there
are three instruments.
New instruments: GRACES [March/April first test], GHOS, Flamingos-2, and GPI.
Dying: Michelle, T-ReCS
GPI commissioning July 2013.
How to Remain Competitive in the Next Decade?
Future is ALMA, JWST, and how to profit most with these synergies?
New opportunites in instrumentation. The observatory will build a complement of
facility class instruments to cover broad parameter space. New instrument every
2-3 years and thus cycle through all instruments takes about 20 years.
R&D is $100 K / year
Upgrades $500 K / year
Next strategic instrument (GIROS; xshooter). Requirements:
- Science driven and include science cases. Synergies with LSST, JWST,
- Wide bandwidth moderate-resolution spectrograph is the current best
leading instrument by the committee's opinion.
[QUESTION: Who are the forerunners?]
React to a science case and deploy on a short schedule provide visitor
instruments by the community. Gemini now wants to encourage visitor
- Instrument is certified
- Apply for time via TAC
- Install and observe
- Typical visit is 2 weeks. Instrument can be offered to community during
- Large programs to request campaigns.
Two examples of visitor instruments
DSSI: Speckle imaging. Got 20 mas resolution at 700 nm, offering instrument to
community. PI (Howell, NASA AMES).
TEXES returns to gemini. On IRTF since 2000. Operates between 4.5 and 25 µ with
0.5% spectral coverage at high (R~80 K) resolution with a 2" - 5" long slit.
Team helps with proposals and data reudciton.
The team must support: John Lacy [PI], Richter (UCDavis), Greathouse (Solar
System), Jaffe (UT A).
New Ways of Operating
Large/long programs at Gemini. The board has agreed to place 20% of the time in
a pool for large/long programs. Implementation is being worked out but starts
Want high-impact science.
Also are considering putting some ten of percent of time in monthly proposal
deadlines. Many possible issues and potential problems being considered and
explored: partner percentage, rejected proposals, how long to remain in queue?
The advantage is you can win 12 months over the competition.