RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 11:00-12:00; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Jessica Dempsey

"JCMT: submillimeter opportunities for Australia with the East Asian Observatory"

Following the East Asian Observatory assuming operations of the James Clerk Maxwell Observatory in March 2015, the Observatory has had an extremely successful and productive year. The JCMT is the premier submillimeter facility in the northern hemisphere for wide-field continuum and heterodyne observations, and maintains a suite of instrumentation that offers high-impact science opportunities well into the next decade. The EAO intends to accelerate these achievements by embarking on an ambitious program of instrument upgrades and additions that will further extend the JCMT’s capabilities. An overview of the East Asian Observatory and its vision will be described, and the JCMT operations and capabilities will be presented. The merits of the new organisation will be presented with reference to how and why Australian astronomy would benefit from joining this new partnership and this premier observing facility.