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AtLAST 2018 II - Science

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AtLAST Science Workshop


Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Sept 10-13, 2018


As a followup to the AtLAST Technical workshop held at ESO in January 2018, the AtLAST organisers are pleased to announce a science case development workshop to be held at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh in September 2018.


Registration page

Registration Deadline: July 1, 2018


Workshop fee payment page



The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) is currently the world’s most sensitive telescope operating at 0.3 to 3 mm (and will soon be extended to 10 mm).  However, as an interferometer, its mapping speed for large areas is limited, while the largest angular scales it can access are limited to roughly an arcminute at 3 mm.  This limit is even more stringent at shorter wavelengths. Further, existing submm/mm single dish facilities are not expected to remain competitive beyond 2030We have therefore begun a two-year effort concerning the scientific merit for – and technical implementation of – an Atacama Large Aperture Submm/mm Telescope (AtLAST). 


The goal of this workshop is to bring the community together to create a focused, and comprehensive science case for a 50 m class telescope near the ALMA site.  Those planning on attending the workshop should join the science sub-group(s) listed on the science working groups page that they will be making contributions to before, during, and after the workshop.


Workshop venue: Higgs Centre for Innovation, at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Workshop size: maximum of 80 participants

Workshop fee: £50 for staff/faculty, £25 for students/post-docs  plus workshop dinner (to be confirmed)

Accommodation:  The Observatory is a brisk 20 minute walk (uphill!) from the closest accommodations. Those with mobility issues should consider making the journey by taxi (there is no public transport to the top of the hill)



Workshop Dinner


Venue:  Howies  (10-14 Victoria Street)

Date/Time:  Wednesday Sept 12, 18:00

Costs: ~£15 per person for 2 courses (could vary)... plus drinks

Sample group menu choices are attached here:180207-vic-street_group-menu.pdf



Mapping Speed Estimates


Wayne Holland has pulled together some mapping speed estimates for an AtLAST telescope based on generalised specs. 


Sean Bryan has also made mapping speed predictions based on TolTEC forecasts, scaling for AtLAST.  Also includes discussion of some straw designs for cameras and spectrometers.


Preliminary Schedule


The conference room itself is on the main floor of the Higgs centre, and the room where we will have the opening reception and the coffee breaks is on the top (with an elevator for those who require it).


You’ll note that there are two breaks in the afternoon. The first is 10 minutes - to let us re-focus from talks, and potentially re-arrange the room a little for the discussions. The second is 20 minutes and involves a full coffee break.






With the talks in each session as listed below. Each talk slot is 20 min (15 + 5 for questions). The structure of the discussion sessions will follow in due course.


Most of the talks presented at the workshop can be found in this directory



Tony Mroczkowski - AtLAST Instrumentation Working Group


Carlos De Breuck - AtLAST Site Selection Working Group

Andrey Baryshev - Heterodyne sensitivities

Wayne Holland - Mapping Speeds

Joaquin Vieira - Synergies with OST and other FIR space missions



Science (Galaxy 1):

Diah Setia Gunawan - Massive Stars

Wayne Holland - AtLAST as a debris disc finder



Science (Galaxy 2):

Juan Soler - Observations of magnetic fields in star-forming clouds

Nicola Schneider - CCAT eco-gal

Neil Phillips - Solar observing with AtLAST


Other Science Cases:

Ryohei Kawabe - Science Case for LST

David Hughes - Science Case for LMT



Science (Extra-Galactic 1):

Claudia Cicone - Exploring the circum-galactic medium with AtLAST

Yoichi Tamura - High-z Science with the LST

Julie Wardlow - Searching for the chemistry of high-redshift galaxies


Science (Extra-Galactic 2):   

Kaustuv Basu - AtLAST and the study of astrophysics and cosmology with galaxy clusters

Jose Alfonso (Ciro Pappalardo)- Breaking the wall: finding the earliest radio AGN through sub-mm observations

Helmut Dannerbauer - Witnessing the Build-up of distant galaxy clusters in the (sub)millimeter regime



Science (Extra-Galactic 3):

Eelco van Kampen - Wide area surveys of distant galaxy clusters: AtLAST as a source finder for ALMA

Neelima Sehgal - Measuring the small scale matter power spectrum with ultra-high-resolution CMB lensing

Luca Di Mascolo - Predicting AtLAST and ALMA Constraints on the Kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect


Workshop Photo: Before Lunch on Wednesday





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