[ASA] REMINDER: Call for White Papers on Science with MAVIS (new instrument for ESO VLT)

Richard McDermid richard.mcdermid at mq.edu.au
Tue May 1 13:06:09 AEST 2018

Dear ASA Colleagues,

Just a friendly reminder of the call for scientific white papers<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/fhhQCYWL1vi58Ergf0eTMK?domain=mavis-ao.org> with the proposed ESO Adaptive Optics Facility instrument ‘MAVIS’. The deadline for initial drafts and expressions of interest is this Friday, May 4th.

Final white papers are still expected June 15th. Initial drafts are not required for submission of a white paper in June, but would be beneficial for consideration in advance of the MAVIS workshop at the AAO in Sydney next week: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/RTcwCZYM2VFzGrJxFjInor?domain=mavis-ao.org). Note that the preliminary workshop program is now online: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/MPs7C1WZXri8R2VOtp2S47?domain=mavis-ao.org.

The growing list of MAVIS white papers proposed so far is now online here: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/MIUOC2xZYvC7jPM6f2B3iZ?domain=mavis-ao.org. There are currently >35 proposed papers on a wide variety of topics. However, we expect there are still many strong cases to be made that are not yet represented in the current list, and topics where Australian researchers and collaborators have a lot to contribute. We strongly encourage your participation!

The initial white paper call is appended below, including links to resources available here: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/71w-C3Q8Z2FZB6nxFQ7Ipk?domain=mavis-ao.org, such as simulated PSFs and some initial sensitivity estimates. We will keep this page up to date as new resources/simulations become available. Your engagement with MAVIS white papers will also put you on the MAVIS science mailing list to keep you up to date with the project (in addition to periodic ASA communications).

As always, please feel free to circulate this within your institution (not everyone is a member of the ASA, and sometimes direct ASA emails are filtered), and get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Richard McDermid (MAVIS Project Scientist)
Francois Rigaut (MAVIS Principal Investigator)

On 11 Apr 2018, at 4:28 pm, Richard McDermid <richard.mcdermid at mq.edu.au<mailto:richard.mcdermid at mq.edu.au>> wrote:

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to solicit short white papers describing exciting science cases that make use of the unique capabilities of ‘MAVIS’ (MCAO Assisted Visible Imager & Spectrograph) - a new Australian-led instrument concept for the Adaptive Optics Facility on ESO’s VLT. More details on MAVIS can be found on the MAVIS blog (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Btr2C4QZ1RFroMX6HMQR6E?domain=mavis-ao.org). In summary, the expected top-level requirements are:

  *   Field of View: 30”x30”
  *   Wavelength Coverage: VRI, extended to UBz (goal)
  *   Imager with broad- and narrow-band filters
  *   Angular resolution (FWHM): 
20 milliarcsec at V (~7 milliarcsec imaging pixels)
  *   Strehl ratio of 10-15% in V under median seeing conditions
  *   Sky coverage: > 50% at the Galactic poles
  *   Spectroscopy options include single monolithic IFU, deployable multi-IFUs, or single-fibre MOS, with R > ~5000

(Additional requirements can also be explored within the White Paper, but we recommend contacting the MAVIS team - project-scientist at mavis-ao.org<mailto:project-scientist at mavis-ao.org> - for further guidance.)

As part of defining the detailed MAVIS instrument design, we are looking for compelling science case descriptions from the astronomical community that can make use of these unique capabilities to make progress on critical and timely science questions. These ‘White Papers’ should be no more than six pages in length (including all material such as figures and references), written as succinctly as possible, and within a general context understandable by scientists outside your specific field. Following review and iteration with the MAVIS team, the White Papers will form the basis of the MAVIS science case going forwards.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in contributing a MAVIS White Paper, or would otherwise like to receive updates on the process, please proceed as follows:

Step 1: Get in touch as soon as possible by emailing project-scientist at mavis-ao.org<mailto:project-scientist at mavis-ao.org>. Include information on what specific topic will be addressed, and the names of any co-authors, if known. We would like to encourage coordination and collaboration between White Paper authors, and will work with you to avoid redundancy where possible. Early expressions of intent will help facilitate this process.

Step 2: Please aim to send an initial draft of your White Paper to project-scientist at mavis-ao.org<mailto:project-scientist at mavis-ao.org> by May 4th. White Papers received by this deadline will be included for discussion at the MAVIS Workshop in Sydney, May 7-9th, where the overall shape of the MAVIS Science Case will be defined. You are strongly encouraged to present your White Paper at the workshop by registering here: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/kRy6C5QZ29FAv5BRiN8m0_?domain=mavis-ao.org.

Step 3: Final White Paper submissions will be accepted up until June 15th. Following this date, construction of the final MAVIS Science Case will begin, and White Paper authors should expect to be directly involved in that process.

Final White Papers will be made public on the MAVIS website (with author permission). We will also explore the possibility of publishing the White Papers through a journal special edition.

White Paper Structure

Each White Paper should address the following aspects under separate section headings:
Key Questions: One sentence descriptions of the 1-2 proposed science questions.
Open Problems: What are the open problems/questions in this field?
Observational Needs: What kinds of observations are needed?
Instrument Requirements: How does this translate into specific minimum requirements? Namely:
  - Field of View (imaging field, or IFU size)
  - Image quality (required Strehl or FWHM)
  - Spectral range / bandpasses, highlighting any narrow-band needs
  - Spectral resolving power (R = Lambda / DeltaLambda)
  - Multiplexing needs (e.g. targets per square arcminute)

We provide a template (MS-Word<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/n2eUC6X13RtXDj5Mt2q8qh?domain=docs.google.com> | LaTeX<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/OOmlC71ZgLtLq4DyFAmMKS?domain=docs.google.com>) to assist in preparing your White Paper.

White Paper Submission

White Papers (drafts and final versions) must be submitted electronically, as a pdf document, via email to project-scientist at mavis-ao.org<mailto:project-scientist at mavis-ao.org>. Files larger than 10Mb should be provide via a download link or similar. White Papers should be up to six pages in length, including text, tables, figures and references. Text must be single spaced with a minimum font size of 12 points. We strongly encourage authors to use the templates provided (MS-Word<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/n2eUC6X13RtXDj5Mt2q8qh?domain=docs.google.com> | LaTeX<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/OOmlC71ZgLtLq4DyFAmMKS?domain=docs.google.com>).

MAVIS Information and Resources

Here we provide links to information related to this call. This information will be updated in the coming weeks, and prospective authors who have contacted the MAVIS team will receive notifications of these updates by email.

MAVIS Resources<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/71w-C3Q8Z2FZB6nxFQ7Ipk?domain=mavis-ao.org> – Evolving collection of simulation materials (image simulations, sensitivities, etc.)
MAVIS Blog<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/7E3RC81Zj6t9rDoQC9S8nn?domain=mavis-ao.org> – General updates from the MAVIS team
About MAVIS<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/1ClcC91ZkQt81LGxtq5P4M?domain=mavis-ao.org> – Overview of the MAVIS instrument and science
White Paper templates (MS-Word<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/n2eUC6X13RtXDj5Mt2q8qh?domain=docs.google.com> | LaTex<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/OOmlC71ZgLtLq4DyFAmMKS?domain=docs.google.com>)  – Template to be used when generating your White Paper
ESO Science Case<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/1LKyC0YZWVFj8q14Uq9DMW?domain=eso.org> – Initial collection of science cases from ESO Working Group
Call for White Papers<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/fhhQCYWL1vi58Ergf0eTMK?domain=mavis-ao.org> - Web version of this email on the MAVIS Blog

Summary of Timeline and Key Dates

The overall timeline is summarised as follows:

11 April 2018 - Release of Call for White Papers
4 May 2018 - Deadline for White Paper initial drafts
7-9 May 2018 - MAVIS Science and Technology Workshop, AAO, Sydney (https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/kRy6C5QZ29FAv5BRiN8m0_?domain=mavis-ao.org)
15 June 2018 - Final White Paper Deadline
Mid July 2018 (TBD) - Expected ESO Call Deadline

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact project-scientist at mavis-ao.org<mailto:project-scientist at mavis-ao.org>.

Please also feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.

Best regards,
Richard McDermid (MAVIS Project Scientist)
Francois Rigaut (MAVIS Principal Investigator)

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