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NOAO Newsletter - National Solar Observatory - March 2000 - Number 61


Advanced Solar Telescope (AST) Workshop

Steve Keil

We invite your participation in a one-day workshop to discuss ideas and formulate plans for a large- aperture (4-m) Advanced Solar Telescope (AST). The meeting will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, 18 June at Caesar's Tahoe, preceding the SPD meeting and following the SHINE meeting. The goal is to discuss science drivers and design concepts for the AST and to form working groups for issues such as site testing, telescope technologies (e.g., adaptive optics, thermal, scattered light), and advocacy. The meeting will consist of a few short introductory talks outlining some of the drivers for an AST, followed by focused discussion of science drivers, siting and site tests, telescope design, community involvement, strategies, and international participation. There will be time for short contributed presentations followed by moderated discussion. The preliminary agenda is as follows:

    Introduction to the AST                    Strategies
    AST Science Drivers                          Community Involvement
    Developing AST Technologies                  Formation of Working Groups
      Adaptive Optics                            Instrument Packages
      IR                                         Partnerships (National and
      Mirror Technologies                           International)
      Scattered Light Issues, Coronagraphy     Summary
    Telescope Concepts & Design Issues           Design Drivers
    Site Testing                                 Critical Telescope Capabilities

If you're interested in participating, please send an e-mail to nso@noao.edu and additional information will be provided. Our second announcement will have a full agenda and details on the workshop logistics.

The organizing committee includes 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).


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