Subaru Telescope: current status and strategy toward future

Ikuru Iwata

Associate Director at Subaru Telescope

The Subaru Telescope is an 8.2m telescope on top of Maunakea, Hawaii. The telescope has suites of state-of-the-art instruments which cover almost the entire wavelength range from the optical to the mid-infrared at various spectral resolutions. I will briefly introduce some scientific highlights using the Subaru Telescope to show its capabilities. Recently a new prime focus optical imager Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) started its science operations. HSC has 1.5 deg. field-of-view with excellent image quality, and the international collaboration team is conducting a large survey using HSC with 300 nights in total which aims at covering about 1,400 sq. degrees. I will also introduce some new instrument projects such as the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) which employs 2,400 fibres over 1.3 sq. degree FoV, new exoplanet instruments, a wide-field near-infrared instrument concept with Ground-Layer Adaptive Optics, and the strategic plan of the Subaru Telescope toward 2020s. The Subaru Telescope is accessible by Canadian community through the Subaru-Gemini time exchange program, and we wish to enlarge the collaboration with Canada in any possible ways.

Date: Jeudi, le 24 mars 2016
Heure: 11:30
Lieu: Université de Montréal
  Pavillon Roger-Gaudry, local D-460
Contact: René Doyon