Call Shane for Proposals
September 9, 2013
To: 3.0-m Telescope Observers
From: Sandra Faber, Interim Director
First Semester 2014 (2014A) Shane Observing Requests
(Feb 2014 through July 2014)
Deadline: Friday, October, 11, 2013 at 5:00pm PDT
To: Shane 3-m users
Re: Shane AO for the 2014A semester - Deadline for proposals submission this Friday at 5pm, 10/11/13
The new AO system for the Shane 3m (known as ShaneAO and ShARCS) is expected to be available for shared-risk observing starting in May of the 2014A observing semester. The system that will be available is not the "final" version since it will not yet have the new laser incorporated into it. Information about the sensitivity and expected performance calculated by Srikar Srinath can be found at the following web page: http://www.ucolick.org/~srikar/ShARCS/
For convenience, this interim version of the new system can be referred to as "ShaneAO with ShARCS 8". The "8" refers to the fact that there will be an 8x8 grid of sub-apertures to sample the wavefront. The goal for the final system with the new laser is 16 subaperatures, and that will give the predicted Strehl of 0.8 in K. For ShaARCS 8, the Strehl prediction is 0.6.
The old Shane AO system will not be available in 2014A due to the engineering needs associated with upgrading to the new system.
Proposals for use of the 3-m Shane reflector will be submitted online in a process very similar to that used for UC Keck proposals
Application submission for 2014A will close promptly at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, October, 11, 2013.
Submitting an application is a two-step process: on-line creation of a proposal coversheet and uploading a pdf-format file with the Scientific Justification and other support materials.
Step 1: Create a proposal coversheet and be assigned a Proposal ID#. Go to the web page below, enter the information required for the form, submit the form and note the assigned proposal ID#, which is required in Step 2.
Step 2: Prepare a file with the following sections: Scientific Justification (2-page limit), References, Figures, Targets and Exposures, Supplementary Observations Required from other Observatories, Technical Remarks, Path to Science and Status of Previously Approved 3-m Programs. Create a pdf-format of this document and upload it at the submission web page:
Graduate Student Applications: Graduate students are eligible to apply for 3-m observing. Each proposal must be accompanied by a letter from the faculty sponsor stating the student is qualified to carry out the project.
Graduate student observing projects requiring a large number of nights or nights spread over several semesters must be thesis related, and the first proposal must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's thesis adviser.
The dark runs are approximately 01-06 Feb, 23 Feb - 08 March, 25 March - 07 April, 23 April - 07 May, 22 May - 05 June, 20 June - 05 July, and 20-31 July 2014. The exact dates on which the runs begin and end are often shifted forward or backward one or more days, depending on the demand.
Policies for Shane and Kast remote observing are posted here: http://www.ucolick.org/lickobs/shaneremote.html.
Other useful links:
Guidelines for preparing 3-m proposals http://www.ucolick.org/lickobs/shaneguide.html
Instruments available are:
Kast Spectrograph - Dual channel optical spectrometer.
Hamilton Spectrograph - High resolution optical eschelle spectrometer.
Adaptive Optics - Natural and Laser guide star adaptive optics system.
Feeds the IRCAL near IR camera and spectrograph.
Sandra Faber, Interim Director
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064