Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory 2021-2022 Season Call For Proposals

Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory 2021-2022 Season Call For Proposals


The next deadline for proposals is 23:59 KST on 2021 August 10.
Proposals should be emailed as a single file in PDF format to:
traoprop@kasi.re.kr


The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) invites proposals for the Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory (TRAO) 14-meter telescope for the 2021 Fall – 2022 Spring season. Proposal candidates should submit up to three pages of scientific and technical justifications (including figures, tables, and references) in addition to their Proposal Cover Sheet in English using the latex templates (form here)

There are two categories of proposals for the 2021-2022 observing season.

  1. General Program (GP): single-year observing program with a telescope time of up to 300 hours
  2. Key Science Program (KSP): multi-year observing program with a telescope time of 400 hours per year, for up to three years

TRAO supports multi-beam spectroscopy observations (4 x 4 array: SEQUOIA-TRAO) at a frequency range of 85 – 115.6 GHz. The TRAO system supports single-sideband observations for position-switched or OTF observations. The backend has two spectral windows controlled independently, each window with 4096 channels in a 62.5 MHz bandwidth. In addition, a single-pixel wide-band (2 GHz) spectrometer is available. Proposal candidates should consult the TRAO Status Report for additional technical specifications: https://radio.kasi.re.kr/trao/status_report2020/

TRAO has a shared-risk remote observing mode available. However, inexperienced users are advised to do the observations on the site. Outside (non-KASI) PIs who intend to use the remote observing mode should specify local collaborators in the proposal. The local collaborators are responsible for handling on-site tasks during the remote observations, such as resetting the system in case of system failure, which happens occasionally.

Minho Choi
TRAO, KASI

Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School (CAPSS) – Deadline extended

Organized by the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics  Research Institute
Hosted Virtually by Queen’s University and SNOLAB

The McDonald Institute is pleased to announce this year’s Canadian  Astroparticle Physics Summer School (CAPSS). CAPSS 2021 is a week-long  undergraduate school that will introduce students to current topics in  the field of astroparticle physics at Queen’s University and SNOLAB.

We encourage all faculty to pass this announcement on to undergraduate  students keen to experience exciting research and detector  opportunities, particular those students without much access to  similar resources. This is a fantastic chance for students starting to  consider graduate school options, or those with limited opportunities  to learn from other institutes.

Find out more on our website: https://mcdonaldinstitute.ca/capss-info/  or contact us at summerschool@mcdonaldinstitute.ca. The schedule will  be a bit different this year due to the virtual nature.

Activities will include:
– Lectures and hands-on activities in particle physics, detector  development, neutrino physics, dark matter astrophysics and cosmology,  and more!
– An enriched Masterclass on the Nobel Prize winning SNO experiment
– A virtual tour of the world-famous SNOLAB underground facility
– Online social events and networking opportunities

Topics covered include:
-Astrophysical Evidence and Cosmology of Dark Matter
-Models and Signals of Dark Matter
-Direct Detection of Dark Matter: Techniques, Applications, and  Current Status of the Field
-Neutrinos: A History, Mass Theory and Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay
-Detecting Neutrino Oscillations using the SNO Experiment

Target Audience:
This school is targeted at 2nd year and 3rd year undergraduate  students, but it is open to all undergraduate students.

Registration Fee:
There is no registration fee, but successful applicants will need to  pay a pre-registration fee of $50, reimbursable upon satisfactory  completion of the school.

Application:
For information on how to apply, see  https://mcdonaldinstitute.ca/capss-how-to-apply/.

The application deadline has been extended to April 16th, and  successful applicants will be notified by the end of April 2021.

Please distribute this advertisement to any groups, institutions or  individuals who may be interested in this opportunity.

Update on CASTOR

By / par Patrick Côté, John Hutchings (NRC Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre)
(Cassiopeia – Summer / été 2021)

CASTOR is a wide-field UV/blue-optical space telescope that was identified in LRP 2020 as Canada’s top priority in space astronomy in the 2020s. Mission development is continuing, with a significant ramp-up in activity expected during the second half of 2021. Steps taken during the last quarter include the following:

  1. A Space Technology Development Program (STDP) contract for CASTOR is now underway (“Wide-Field Astronomical Imaging in UV/Optical – Critical Technologies”). The kick-off meeting for this study was held on May 5, 2021 and attended by ~40 participants from Canadian government, industry, and academia, plus representatives from prospective CASTOR international partners. The recipient of the STDP contract is ABB, Inc, with subcontracts issued to Honeywell Aerospace and Magellan Aerospace. We are delighted that JPL will be contributing to the detector work package using internal funding; the UK is similarly involved in this work, including the selection of possible test detectors. The STDP study, which runs until May 2023, will reduce technical risk by advancing the design for several critical mission components.
  2. A Phase 0 study, which will overlap the STDP study, was approved in early May and is expected to begin in October. The combined work of these two contracts is intended to fulfil all CSA requirements to enable a smooth transition to flight Phases A to D, with launch possible in early 2028 provided the mission is approved and funded in 2023.
  3. Partnership discussions with ISRO, including involvement in the STDP opto-mechanical design work package, are ongoing but have been slowed by COVID delays. The nominal shared mission will retain Canadian leadership, with substantial cost savings.
  4. The recent CASCA meeting included a virtual CASTOR Town Hall that was attended by ~90 participants. This event included an overview of the mission, short summaries of CASTOR research programs in four science fields (Cosmology, Time Domain Astrophysics, Exoplanets and the Solar System), an update on mission development and schedule from CSA, and community plans for communications and outreach activities in the coming months. Thank you to our speakers: Melissa Graham, Daryl Haggard, Jason Rowe, Wes Fraser, James Doherty and Nathalie Ouellette.
  5. CSA has now assembled a significant CASTOR management team. James Doherty, CSA Program Lead for CASTOR, presented the CASTOR program development schedule at the virtual Town Hall on May 13. Ongoing and planned studies will feed into a CSA “Review Point, R2” in time for a CSA request for funding approval in March 2023. If successful, this would lead to flight Phases A-D beginning in October 2023. Achieving this timeline will require the full engagement of the academic community in apprising the government ahead of that time of its top ranking in LRP2020, as well as the industrial, public, and international partnership benefits of CASTOR.
  6. CASTOR will be the subject of a CaTS (Canadian Telescope Seminars) talk on June 16, as well as a “QUEST” talk for the NASA/COPAG Ultraviolet-Visible Science and Technology Interest Group on July 1.
  7. In May, ACURA was briefed on the project and plans to work with CASCA through Coalition for Canadian Astronomy to promote CASTOR as a top priority of the 2020 Long Range Plan for Canadian Astronomy.

For more information on the mission, see the CASTOR website.

Call for international expressions of interest to engage with the Anglo-Australian Telescope

The Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) Consortium is currently seeking  expressions of interest from international groups to engage with the  AAT facility through pay-for-access arrangements from July 2022.

The AAT is a 3.9m equatorially-mounted Cassegrain reflector, located  at Siding Spring Observatory in NSW, Australia. It can be accessed via  remote observing from nodes around the world. The telescope is  operated by the Australian National University on behalf of the  funding Consortium, which at present comprises 13 Australian  universities.

The AAT currently offers four facility-class spectrographic  instruments: AAOmega (with 2dF or Koala), Hermes and Veloce. The new  Hector spectrograph is expected to come online in 2021. Requests for  the use of visitor instruments on the AAT will also be considered.  Please visit the following website for more on these instruments:  https://aat.anu.edu.au/science

As part of this call, we welcome proposals and are open to  conversations regarding conditions of access, including joining the  Consortium as a full partner, medium-to-long-term paid-time contracts,  data-sharing or access, or other innovative arrangements. These may  also include potential public outreach components.

If you are interested in seeking access on the AAT, please contact Dr  Lucyna Chudczer, AAL’s Program Manager for the AAT  (lucyna.chudczer@astronomyaustralia.org.au), by May 31 2021. Please  include an expression of interest (up to 2 pages) detailing how you  wish to use the telescope; this may involve instruments of interest,  length/time of proposed use, research details or the outreach  component, and level and source of potential funding support.

For more information regarding the AAT, including available  instruments and capabilities, please visit:  https://aat.anu.edu.au/science

Kamloops déclaration (10 Juin, 2021)

Les sépultures anonymes récemment mises à jour près de l’ancien pensionnat autochtone de Kamloops représentent une atrocité coloniale. Les 215 enfants dont les restes ont été retrouvés ont été retirés de leurs familles dans un effort systématique pour éradiquer leur identité culturelle. Des milliers d’autres enfants ont été déplacés de force dans des dizaines d’institutions similaires et le pensionnat de Kamloops ne sera, en toute probabilité, que le premier de plusieurs sites où des corps seront retrouvés. L’impact de ces actes odieux de violence physique et psychologique commis à l’encontre d’enfants autochtones continue de se faire sentir encore aujourd’hui.

La communauté astronomique canadienne se joint aux Canadiens de tous les horizons qui se montrent solidaires des Premières Nations Tk’emlúps te Secwépmc ainsi que des autres communautés et familles qui ont perdu leurs enfants aux mains du gouvernement canadien et des institutions religieuses. Nous ne pouvons imaginer leur peine et leur chagrin, et nous reconnaissons que la récente découverte des tombes anonymes de Kamloops peut être particulièrement douloureuse pour les membres autochtones de notre société.

En tant qu’universitaires et enseignants, nous devons prendre conscience du fait que les atrocités commises dans les pensionnats l’ont été au nom de l’éducation et reconnaître le rôle que le milieu universitaire a joué dans la perpétuation des structures coloniales.

Le plan à long terme récemment publié par la CASCA décrit les actions spécifiques que nous, astronomes, prenons pour lutter contre le racisme et les inégalités dans notre communauté et en particulier la marginalisation des Autochtones. Alors que nous entamons des efforts afin de rendre notre communauté plus inclusive, les découvertes de Kamloops représentent un rappel brutal du traumatisme engendré par les inégalités que nous nous efforçons de corriger.

Le conseil d’administration de la CASCA

CASCA member is co-winner of prestigious IAU Shaw Prize.

Victoria Kaspi PhD, CC, FRS, FRSC of McGill University is the co-winner of the 2021 Shaw Prize in Astronomy. This year’s prize was awarded for the work which she and Chryssa Kouveliotou have done in the field of magnetars: a class of highly magnetised neutron star. Here is the link to the IAU press release detailing their research.

The Shaw Prize, established under the auspices of Mr Run Run Shaw in November 2002, is an international award to honour individuals who are currently active in their respective fields and have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances making outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications. The Shaw Prize consists of three annual awards: the Prize in Astronomy, the Prize in Life Science and Medicine, and the Prize in Mathematical Sciences. Each prize carries a monetary award of one million two hundred thousand US dollars.