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DECam Community Science Workshop

DECam Community Science Workshop

Tucson, Arizona, March 11-13, 2015


Wednesday March 11, 2015
13:30-15:00 Session 1: DECam – the Instrument: Chair – Josh Frieman
  1. Welcome/Introductions (Steve Heathcote) : 10 min
  2. The DECam System: Technical Characteristics (Alistair Walker): 30m + 10m Q
  3. Characteristics of DECam Data, the Usual and the Oddities (Gary Bernstein): 30m + 10 Q
15:00-15:30 Refreshments and View Posters (30-minute break)
15:30-17:40 Session 2: Data Taking, Reducing, Archiving: Chair – Steve Heathcote
  1. Observing with DECam (David James): 20m+10m Q
  2. Calibrating DECam data: the DECal and aTmCam calibration systems (Jennifer Marshall): 15m + 5 Q
  3. The DECam Community Pipeline (Frank Valdes): 25m + 15m Q
  4. The NOAO Science Archive – Now and Future (Mark Dickinson): 25m + 15m Q
17:40 Adjourn, dinner on your own.
Thursday March 12, 2015
08:00-08:45 Continental Breakfast
08:45-10:30 Session 3: Dark Energy Survey [DES] Data: Chair – Chris Smith
  1. DES overview – Chris Miller: 25m + 5m Q
  2. The DES data, its pipeline, and associated data products (Robert Gruendl) 20m + 5m Q
  3. What to Expect from DES Public Data (Brian Yanny) 20m + 10m Q
  4. The Dark Energy Survey: results in Large Scale Structure from Science Verification data (Ignacio Sevilla) 15m + 5m Q
10:30-10:50 Refreshments/Posters (20-minute break)
10:50-12:20 Session 4: Community User Data Reduction and Data Management Experiences:
  1. The DECam Legacy Survey: A Progress Report (Arjun Dey) 25m + 5m Q
  2. DECam NEO Survey: A sensitive, wide-angle search for near-Earth Objects (Lori Allen) 25m + 5m Q
  3. The High Cadence Transient Survey - HiTS (Francisco Forster) 25m + 5m Q
12:20-13:40 Lunch
13:40-15:20 Session 5: Science from the Data I: Chair - Kathy Vivas
  1. Near-Earth Object Discovery Confirmation with DECam (Sarah Sonnett) 25m + 5m Q
  2. Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History – SMASH (Knut Olsen) 25m +5m Q
  3. The Search for Light Echoes of Historic SNe in the Southern Hemisphere with DECam (Armin Rest) – 15 m + 5m Q.
  4. Exploring Milky Way Halo Substructures from Large-Area Digital Sky (Ting Li) – 15m + 5m Q
15:20-15:40 Refreshments/Posters 20-minute break

Round Table Discussion 1

DECam and the Community Pipeline (led by Frank Valdes)

  • What is good?
  • What should the CP be doing better?
  • What is the CP not doing at all?
16:10-17:20 Session 5 Continued
  1. The Detailed Substructure of the Milky Way Stellar Streams: DECam Imaging of the eastern Banded Structure (Jonathan Hargis) 15m + 5Q
  2. Rich Field Photometry - Techniques and Science (Abi Saha) 25m + 5m Q
  3. DECam Variability Surveys of the Galactic Bulge Survey Fields (Robert Hynes) 15m + 5m Q
17:20 Adjourn
Friday March 13, 2015
08:00-08:45 Continental Breakfast
08:45-10:25 Session 6: Science from the Data II Chair: Alistair Walker
  1. Substellar Mass Objects in the Belt of Orion – What DECam Does For Us (Fred Walter) 15m + 5Q
  2. Variable Stars in the Sextans Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy (Kathy Vivas) 15m + 5Q
  3. Wide-Field Photometric Survey of Young Southern Open Clusters (Jeffrey Cummings) 15m +5m Q
  4. Tracing Galaxy Group Assembly through Fossil Tidal Features (Iraklis Konstantopoulos) 15m + 5m Q
  5. Lyman_Alpha Galaxies at the End of Reionization with DECam (Zhenya Zheng) 15m + 5m Q
10:25-10:45 Refreshments (20-minute break)

Session 7: Round-Table Discussion:

At the Observatory (Leader: Alistair Walker)

  • Instrument improvements?
  • Observing environment improvements?
  • What can NOAO be doing better to help the Observers?

NOAO Science Archive (Leaders: Mark Dickenson and Betty Stobie)

  • What is good?
  • What should the NSA be doing better?
  • What is the NSA not doing at all?
  • Slides [493 KB PDF]
11:45-12:45 Session 8: The Future
  1. Observing the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave events with DECam: opportunities and potential impact (Marcelle Soares-Santos) 15m + 5m Q
  2. Measuring the Free-Floating Planet Mass Function with DECam and K2 (Matthew Penny) 15m + 5m Q
  3. Probabilistic photometric redshift in the era of petascale astronomy (Mattias Carrasco Kind) 15m + 5m Q
12:45-13:00 Closing Remarks
13:00 End

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

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