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Semester 2008A Call For Proposals

Semester 2008A Call For Proposals


Gemini Observatory invites its community to propose scientific investigations for the 2008A semester, 1 February 2008 - 31 July 2008. 

The submission deadline is MONDAY OCTOBER 1ST 2007 for all partners.   Applications should be submitted via your national Gemini proposal process. Submission times and other details vary by partner; please consult your National Gemini Office pages for more information.  Joint proposals must adhere to the deadline (and other requirements) applicable to the partner country of the institution to which the Principal Investigator is affiliated.

The purpose of this page is to highlight the most relevant information for the 2008A call.  Significant additional information is contained on supporting pages; users are encouraged to follow the links for more detailed information. If hardcopy is preferred, the primary pages are available in a single 14 page pdf document.

GEMINI IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AN AMENDMENT TO OUR 2008A CALL FOR PROPOSALS. Beginning in 2008A we can offer limited LGS observations of Band 1 and 2 ToOs that are triggered less than a week before, or during, an LGS run. The observations must be made during a planned LGS run at the telescope. Also, only two such targets (for all programs) can be observed during any typically week-long LGS run, and only one such target (for all programs) can be observed on any given night. All effort will be made to approve and observe a target within 24 hours, however this cannot be guaranteed, and the observation may occur two or three nights after the trigger is made.


Highlights for 2008A


General
Relevant milestones for 2008A can be found in the 2008A schedule. Poor weather and Director's Discretionary Time proposals are both accepted at any time via the Phase I Tool (this is new for poor weather proposals), otherwise the deadline for Phase I submission is October 1st 2007, and for successful proposals the Phase II submission deadline is 14 January 2008.
The Phase I Tool (PIT) is updated for 2008A; See PIT Help for downloads and important information. New features include improved handling of the "Band 3" tab in which the proposer must specify how the program can be optimized for execution in Band 3. Programs in Band 3 will be set to use their specified Band 3 observing constraints and time request. See the Band3 Considerations page for ideas on Band 3 observing strategies and completion rate statistics.
Proposals requesting classical observing time must request integer nights, with a one night minimum. The proposals must specify the observing conditions required to achieve the science goals of the program, and alternative observations utilizing poorer conditions may also be specified in an attachment. During a classical observing run, if conditions are worse than those required by the main or alternate program, the time may be used for queue observations. In this case, the classical time will not be re-scheduled.
We expect that, starting in 2008A, mask making from non-GMOS images for GMOS multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) observations will be available. Please check the GMOS Status pages before submitting your proposal if you are interested in this mode. Any unused pre-imaging time will be returned to the program.
Both Rapid and Standard response Target of Opportunity (ToO) programs must be identified as such in the PIT.  GMOS MOS ToO programs are not accepted at this time.  Rapid response ToO programs (those requiring observations within 24 hours) are only allowed in Band 1 and cannot use the LGS system. Standard response but time-critical ToOs cannot be in Band 3. Starting in 2007B, no ToO program will be granted rollover status.
 
Gemini North
Expect 80% of the semester to be available for science, or 146 nights distributed across the partnership.  A list of offered instruments and capabilities is given below.
The Laser Guide System (LGS) is fully commissioned for Altair observations with NIRI and NIFS. LGS observations must request good conditions (Cloud Cover = 50%; Image Quality = 70%) and specify "Laser guide star" in the Adaptive Optics resources section in the PIT. Users should consult the LGS web pages for further information. The LGS mode is expected to be available approximately 7-14 nights per month in queue mode only.  Because of the limited availability and the need for good weather, only LGS programs ranked in bands 1 and 2 will be recommended by the ITAC.
Gemini South
Including NICI campaign science, 81% of the semester is expected to be available for science, or 148 nights distributed across the partnership. A list of offered instruments and capabilities is given below.
Phoenix is offered in 2008A.  Phoenix is an NOAO instrument that is on loan to Gemini; the loan agreement is being finalized at the time of the call for proposals.  GNIRS is not available and has been shipped to Hawaii for re-commissioning on Gemini North in 2008.  NICI and Flamingos-2 are not being offered for community use at this time.
Exchange
HIRES: Up to 5 nights of classical time is available with the HIRES optical spectrograph on Keck.  The requested nights must be within the following windows: 24-29 March (up to 2 nights); 20-25 June (up to 2 nights) and 19-24 July (up to 1 night).  Requests must be full nights with a minimum of 1 night.  Proposals should be submitted via the normal process.  [more information]
Subaru: Up to 6 classical nights are available on Subaru for Suprime-Cam (wide field optical imaging) and MOIRCS (near-infrared imaging and multi-object spectroscopy).  The requested nights must be within the following windows: 12-16 or 25-31 March (up to 2 nights); 1-8 April (up to 2 nights); 7-11 or 23-27 June (up to 2 nights).  Requests must be full nights with a minimum of 1 night.  Proposals should be submitted via the normal process.  [more information]

Additional Information

Details of the capabilities available at each telescope are given below. Please see the page of supporting information for additional general information.


Gemini North: Facilities

  • All instruments are offered in queue and classical mode, except for Laser Guide Star AO which is queue mode only.
  • Facility instruments:
    • NIRI - near-IR imager and low-resolution spectrograph: imaging and spectroscopy fed with the direct or AO-corrected beam.
    • NIFS - near-IR integral field unit spectrograph: IFU spectroscopy fed with the direct or AO-corrected beam.
    • Altair - facility AO system: for use with NIRI (except M band imaging and L & M band spectroscopy) and NIFS.
      • Natural Guide Star AO: Traditional adaptive optics guiding on a nearby star.
      • Laser Guide Star AO: See web page for important performance information and restrictions
    • GMOS North - optical imager and spectrograph: imaging and long-slit, multi-object and integral field spectroscopy
    • Michelle - mid-IR spectrograph and imager: imaging and R=100-3000 and echelle spectroscopy at 10 and 20um. Imaging polarimetry is also available.
  • See the target accessibility page for important information regarding instrument availability and a plot of accessible RAs and Declinations. The elevation restriction for Laser Guide Star observations is no less than 40 degrees elevation.

  • Gemini South: Facilities

    • All instruments are offered in queue and classical mode. 
    • Facility instruments:
      • GMOS South - optical imager and spectrograph: imaging and long-slit, multi-object and integral field spectroscopy
      • T-ReCS - mid-IR imager and spectrograph: imaging and moderate resolution (R=100 and R=1000) spectroscopy
    • Visitor instruments:
      • Phoenix - high spectral resolution (R~50000 - 75000) near-IR (1-5um) spectrometer
    • See the target accessibility page for important information regarding instrument availability and a plot of accessible RAs and Declinations.

    Questions and Answers

    All questions concerning proposals, or any other subject, should be made using the Gemini HelpDesk. This web-based system will send the request to your National Gemini Office staff in the first instance who will then escalate it to Gemini staff if necessary.

    Comments and suggestions on the format and content of this page and supporting pages are welcome, and should be sent to Sandy Leggett.



    Last update 17 September, 2007; Sandy Leggett
    Exchange
    HIRES: Up to 5 nights of classical time is available with the HIRES optical spectrograph on Keck.  The requested nights must be within the following windows: 24-29 March (up to 2 nights); 20-25 June (up to 2 nights) and 19-24 July (up to 1 night).  Requests must be full nights with a minimum of 1 night.  Proposals should be submitted via the normal process.  [more information]
    Subaru: Up to 6 classical nights are available on Subaru for Suprime-Cam (wide field optical imaging) and MOIRCS (near-infrared imaging and multi-object spectroscopy).  The requested nights must be within the following windows: 12-16 or 25-31 March (up to 2 nights); 1-8 April (up to 2 nights); 7-11 or 23-27 June (up to 2 nights).  Requests must be full nights with a minimum of 1 night.  Proposals should be submitted via the normal process.  [more information]

    Additional Information

    Details of the capabilities available at each telescope are given below. Please see the page of supporting information for additional general information.


    Gemini North: Facilities

    • All instruments are offered in queue and classical mode, except for Laser Guide Star AO which is queue mode only.
    • Facility instruments:
      • NIRI - near-IR imager and low-resolution spectrograph: imaging and spectroscopy fed with the direct or AO-corrected beam.
      • NIFS - near-IR integral field unit spectrograph: IFU spectroscopy fed with the direct or AO-corrected beam.
      • Altair - facility AO system: for use with NIRI (except M band imaging and L & M band spectroscopy) and NIFS.
        • Natural Guide Star AO: Traditional adaptive optics guiding on a nearby star.
        • Laser Guide Star AO: See web page for important performance information and restrictions
      • GMOS North - optical imager and spectrograph: imaging and long-slit, multi-object and integral field spectroscopy
      • Michelle - mid-IR spectrograph and imager: imaging and R=100-3000 and echelle spectroscopy at 10 and 20um. Imaging polarimetry is also available.
  • See the target accessibility page for important information regarding instrument availability and a plot of accessible RAs and Declinations. The elevation restriction for Laser Guide Star observations is no less than 40 degrees elevation.

  • Gemini South: Facilities

    • All instruments are offered in queue and classical mode. 
    • Facility instruments:
      • GMOS South - optical imager and spectrograph: imaging and long-slit, multi-object and integral field spectroscopy
      • T-ReCS - mid-IR imager and spectrograph: imaging and moderate resolution (R=100 and R=1000) spectroscopy
    • Visitor instruments:
      • Phoenix - high spectral resolution (R~50000 - 75000) near-IR (1-5um) spectrometer
    • See the target accessibility page for important information regarding instrument availability and a plot of accessible RAs and Declinations.

    Questions and Answers

    All questions concerning proposals, or any other subject, should be made using the Gemini HelpDesk. This web-based system will send the request to your National Gemini Office staff in the first instance who will then escalate it to Gemini staff if necessary.

    Comments and suggestions on the format and content of this page and supporting pages are welcome, and should be sent to Sandy Leggett.



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    Semester 2008A Call For Proposals


    Gemini Observatory invites its community to propose scientific investigations for the 2008A semester, 1 February 2008 - 31 July 2008. 

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