Summary of Workshop Recommendations

The First Gemini Instrumentation Workshop met on January 18, 19 1997 to explore the scientific basis for future instrumentation capabilities on the Gemini telescopes. The workshop addressed scientific issues and opportunities in four broad scientific areas: Stars and Planetary systems, Star Formation and the Interstellar Medium, Galactic Structure and Nearby Galaxies, and Formation and Evolution of Galaxies and Cosmology, and identified the following capabilities as high priority for future Gemini instrumentation beyond the baseline capabilities of the Phase I Gemini Instrumentation Program.

New Capabilities

  1. A Natural Guide Star/Laser Beacon Adaptive Optics(AO) system at Cerro Pachon
  2. A Near IR Imager with coronagraphic capability at Cerro Pachon
  3. A 1 - 2.5µm Multi-object spectroscopic capability at Cerro Pachon, including IFU and multi-slit capability for use with AO corrected images, and wide field multi-object capability over at least 5 arcmin field of view.
  4. A&G polarization modulator for Optical/IR at both Mauna Kea and Cerro Pachon
  5. A High Stability Lab Spectrometer for Cerro Pachon, with resolutions around 120K and >300K.

Upgrades to to Phase I Instrumentation

  1. A Laser Beacon AO system upgrade at Mauna Kea
  2. A Near IR upgrade to GMOS at Mauna Kea
  3. An IFU capability for the Near IR Spectrometer at Mauna Kea
  4. An 120K capability for HROS at Cerro Pachon
  5. Grating improvements for GMOS

Shared Instrumentation

  1. The Mid-IR spectrograph (MICHELLE) shared with UKIRT on Mauna Kea
  2. The Near-IR High resolution spectrometer (Phoenix) shared with NOAO on Cerro Pachon


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