RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 11:00-12:00; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Nobuo Arimoto & Ikuru Iwata

"Subaru Telescope: current status and strategy toward future"

Subaru Telescope is an 8.2m telescope on top of Maunakea, Hawaii. The telescope has suites of state-of-art instruments which cover almost entire wavelength range in optical to mid-infrared and various spectral resolutions. We will briefly introduce some scientific highlights using Subaru Telescope to show its capabilities. Recently a new prime focus optical imager Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) started its science operations. HSC has 1.5 deg. field-of-view with excellent image quality, and the international collaboration team is conducting a large survey using HSC with 300 nights in total which aims at covering about 1,400 sq. degrees. We will also introduce some new instrument projects such as Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) which employs 2,400 fibres over 1.3 sq. degree FoV, new exoplanet instruments, a wide-field near-infrared instrument concept with Ground-Layer Adaptive Optics on which we are working with AAO team, and the strategic plan of Subaru Telescope toward 2020s. We would like to discuss the possibilities of extending collaborations with Australian astronomical community.