[ASA] Workshop 1st announcement
john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Thu Sep 27 09:08:39 AEST 2012
Workshop on: The next generation of hemispheric redshift surveys and the prospects for TAIPAN, 10th-12th Dec 2012
The 2nd annual workshop of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro) will be held on MQ campus from December 10th-12th 2012.
Rationale: The workshop is designed to bring together experts and researchers to discuss the science prospects and goals of the proposed TAIPAN survey.
What is TAIPAN? TAIPAN (Transforming Astronomical Imaging surveys through Polychromatic Analysis of Nebulae) is a major new galaxy redshift survey planned for the UK Schmidt Telescope using innovative starbugs fibre positioning technology that allows for several hundred fibres across the UKST’s focal surface. TAIPAN is intended to build on the legacy and extend the highly successful 6dF Galaxy Redshift Survey by adding 4x the number of new spectra for fainter galaxies to r~17 over the entire southern sky and amounting to ~500,000 additional redshifts.
Key survey features of TAIPAN:
500,000 Redshifts to z ~ 0.2 with r ∼ 17 K ∼ 14
Implementation of new "star bug" fibre probes
3 year survey starting in 2015
Major topics: Synergies with ASKAP galaxy surveys, precision cosmology, Galaxy evolution, the connection between gas and stars, the impact of environment and mergers, large scale structure, stellar and halo mass functions, star formation and AGN and the intergalactic magnetic field.
Invited speakers include: Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Simon Driver, Lister Stavely-Smith, Baerbel Koribalski, Matthew Colless, Tom Jarrett, Jon Lawrence, Fred Watson, Florian Beutler, and Ray Norris
Registration is limited to 80 so it is recommended to register as soon as possible
Attendance is restricted to the first 80 registrants so early registration is recommended. The registration fee is only $130 for regular attendees and $50 for PhD students- Morning/afternoon teas and lunches provided with a subsidized workshop dinner.
For further details see:
Prof. Quentin A Parker
Joint MQ/AAO lecturer in Astronomy
Director, MQ Research Centre in Astronomy, Astrophysics & Astrophotonics
Director "Space to Grow"
Member MQ teaching Excellence Academy
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