Next: Plans for Adaptive Optics at the McMath-Pierce Telescope
Previous: From the NSO Director's Office
Table of Contents - Search this issue - NOAO Newsletter Home Page

NOAO Newsletter - National Solar Observatory - June 2000 - Number 62


Advanced Solar Telescope (AST) Workshop -- 2nd Announcement

Steve Keil

You are invited to attend a one-day workshop on the Advanced Solar Telescope (AST) from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday, 18 June 2000 at Caesar's Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada, prior to the AAS/SPD meeting and following the SHINE meeting.

A large-aperture, advanced solar telescope is needed to observe and understand the fundamental nature of solar magnetic fields, their interaction with the solar plasma, and their role in solar activity and variability. "Advanced" refers to the fact that the telescope should be optimized for polarimetry and for exploiting the infrared spectrum, and should integrate adaptive optics into its design to ensure high-resolution capabilities. NSO will host the one-day workshop to bring interested members of the solar community together to discuss a plan for developing the AST.

The NAS/NRC panel on Ground-Based Solar Research gave the AST its top priority for a new start in ground-based solar optical physics. The AST was extensively discussed by the solar panel of the Decadal Survey, and the Astronomy Division of the NSF is now very interested in invigorating ground-based solar research through AST development and deployment. The AST is envisioned as a community effort with broad participation from the outset.

During this workshop, we will refine the science requirements for the AST and form the working groups and teams needed to explore technical issues associated with its development. A design phase proposal for the AST will be developed over the next few months. Your participation is encouraged. If unable to attend the meeting, please feel free to send expressions of interest via e-mail or to contact the organizing committee directly.

Advanced Solar Telescope Workshop

Sunday, 18 June 2000



09:00 - 09:15 Introduction to the AST (Keil)

09:15 - 09:30 AST Science Drivers and Telescope Requirements (Keller)

09:30 - 09:45 Developing AST Technologies (Rimmele)

      • Adaptive Optics

      • IR

      • Mirror Technologies

09:45 - 10:00 Scattered Light Issues, Coronagraphy

10:00 - 10:30 Telescope Concepts & Design Issues

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:00 Telescope Concepts & Design Issues

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 Site Testing

14:00 - 16:00 Strategies

      • Community Involvement

      • Formation of Working Groups

      • Instrument Packages

      • Partnerships (National and International)
16:00 - 16:30 Proposal Issues

16:30 - 17:00 Summary

      • Design Drivers

      • Critical Telescope Capabilities

For more information, and to be included on the lunch reservation list, send e-mail to: nso@noao.edu

AST Workshop Organizing Committee: Steve Keil, Tom Ayres (CASA), Phil Goode (NJIT), Christoph Keller, Michael Knoelker (HAO), Jeff Kuhn (Hawaii), Thomas Rimmele, Bob Rosner (Chicago), Jack Thomas (Rochester), and Alan Title (Lockheed).


Next: Plans for Adaptive Optics at the McMath-Pierce Telescope
Previous: From the NSO Director's Office
Table of Contents - Search this issue - NOAO Newsletter Home Page

NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation