The First Workshop on the O/IR Ground-based System
Phoenix, AZ -- October 27-28, 2000
Elements of the system for ground-based O/IR astronomy
We see the system, most broadly, as all the capabilities that end-to-end
allow scientific research to be carried out. Some of the components of the
- Telescopes -- could be divided into future "top-of-the-line"
(30m), current "top-of-the-line" (6.5-10m), and smaller
Aspects that must be considered include location, site
characteristics, aperture, field of view, and access.
- Instruments -- including both facilities (such as AO systems)
and science instruments, current and planned.
- Instrument building capability -- including activities like
detector development that have widespread application.
- Computer related capabilities -- including software for
reduction and analysis, supercomputers for modeling and
simulation, archives and the tools to use them effectively.
- The availability of grant funding with which to carry out
- Auxiliary machinery such as scanning machines, measuring
- Observing modes such as queue scheduling, target of opportunity
observing, synoptic, synchronized observing, the ability to
conduct surveys or extended observing campaigns.
- Links to capabilities outside the system such as observations
from space, observations in other wavelength regimes, theory, or to
international capabilities. These provide context to the system
as well as suggesting desirable functionality.
[Workshop Description] -
[O/IR System Elements] -
[Draft Agenda] -
[Workshop Participants] -
What is the O/IR System and why are we talking about its evolution?]
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