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Science with the
Giant Magellan Telescope
Integral-Field Spectrograph

Date: 12-13 March 2013

Location: Carnegie Observatories,
813 Santa Barbara St., Pasadena, CA

Registration: Please complete the Registration Form

The next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes will be revolutionary facilities. The Giant Magellan Telescope Integral-Field Spectrograph (GMTIFS) will address science from first-light objects, galaxy feedback, and galaxy assembly to the nature of compact massive objects in nearby galaxies, and to the formation and evolution of stars and planets. GMTIFS is being designed at The Australian National University. It will be the workhorse adaptive-optics instrument on the 22m-diameter GMT when AO operations begin in the early 2020s, contemporaneous with the James Webb Space Telescope.

The goals of this workshop are:

  • to inform the US and international communities about the proposed capabilities of GMTIFS and the GMT NGSAO and LTAO systems.
  • to ensure that GMTIFS serves the needs of the GMT community by articulating a broad range of science drivers for the instrument.
  • to ensure that GMTIFS meets those needs by developing "telescope proposals" for these key science drivers that capture both scientific and technical requirements.

A summary of the capabilities of GMTIFS can be found on the GMTIFS overview page. GMTIFS will incorporate an adaptive-optics near-infrared integral-field spectrograph (IFS) with an adaptive-optics near-infrared imager. It will operate in the 0.9-2.5 micron wavelength range. The baseline design for the IFS has image scales of 50, 25, 12, and 6 mas/spaxel with spectral resolving powers of R = 5,000 and 10,000. The baseline design for the Imager has 5 mas/pixel and a 20x20 arcsec field that is matched to the corrected field of the adaptive-optics system.

Further information is available at the GMTIFS web site.

There are exposure-time calculators for the IFS and Imager.

The workshop is open to all interested astronomers. The format will include invited reviews of key science areas, and also contributed talks from participants. A focus of the workshop will be to capture these contributions in the form of scientific and technical justifications that will guide the future development of the instrument.

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