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NIFS SV Plan

The Call for NIFS SV proposals was made on November 28, 2005. The Deadline for SV Proposals was on December 16, 2005, and PIs of successful SV applications have now been notified.  

The table below summarizes the pool of observations which have been selected and approved by the Gemini Science Committee for NIFS System Verification Observations. The list encompasses the three main NIFS observing modes that are available in the absence of the laser guide system (LGS; A call for NIFS + LGS System Verification is anticipated for mid-2006.). The total available time for NIFS SV was 33 hours for NIFS+AO, 22 hours for NIFS coronography, and 11 hours for NIFS non-AO observations. The NIFS + AO observations were oversubscribed by nearly a factor of 2, but coronography and non-AO modes were undersubscribed. Unfortunately, because of the formal requirements for "System Verification", the unallocated time for these modes can not be rolled over as extra time for the NIFS+AO mode. Thus, the "Band 2" contingency projects described below are included to overfill the SV time available for the NIFS+AO mode to provide flexibility when scheduling and in the program execution (e.g. with regards to target accessibility or conditions required). As described in the SV Principles, verification will be carried out on a mode by mode basis.

Important note: As the observing modes are overfilled to allow flexibility in executing the SV observations, the presence of a proposed observation in the SV plan does not by any means guarantee that the observation will be executed, and should not deter proposals to observe the same objects as part of the regular semester.

Table Legend:

Top-ranked, "Band 1" Projects Contingency, "Band 2" Projects

NIFS SV Projects:

SV Program #

PI Name

Title

Time Awarded (hrs)

Modes

RA (hrs)

Obs conditions1

NIFS+AO

NIFS+AO Corono-
graphy

NIFS Non-AO

IQ

CC

GN-2006A-SV-122 Swinbank AO Assisted IFU Spectroscopy of a high redshift Gravitationally Lensed Galaxy 5.0

H-band 

 

7

70

50

GN-2006A-SV-123 Storchi-
Bergmann
Constraining the nucelar Black Hole mass in the Seyfert Galaxy NGC 4051 4.25

K-band 

 

12

70

50

GN-2006A-SV-124 Beck Gas Accretion into the Core of NGC 1275 3.0

H-band 

 

3

70

50

GN-2006A-SV-125 Lemoine-
Busserolle
Unveiling the nature of optical dropout EROs behind A1835 3.0

H-band 

 

14

70

70

GN-2006A-SV-126 Volk Mapping a Circumstellar Dust Shell 2.3

Z,J,H and K-band 

 

7

70

50

GN-2006A-SV-127 Aspin NIFS 3D Spectroscopy of Young Binaries 4.25

J,H and K-band 

H-band  

4

70

70

GN-2006A-SV-128 Trafton/Roe/
Bailey
NIFS Observations of Titan (MERGED PROGRAM FROM 3 PROPOSALS) 7.2

J,H and K-band 

 

8

70

50

GN-2006A-SV-129 Beck The Driving Mechanism of YSO Jets 5.2

 

H-band  

4

70

70

GN-2006A-SV-130 Webb A sub-kpc investigation of the kinematics and star formation in a z=5 galaxy 4.0

 

  K-band 

14

70

50

GN-2006A-SV-131 Gebhardt Constraints on Central Black Holes in the Globular Clusters M3 and M5 2.5

K-band 

 

13

70

70

GN-2006A-SV-132 Davidge Probing the Nuclei of NGC 2403 and NGC 4486A with NIFS+Altair 5.3

K-band 

 

7,12

70

70

GN-2006A-SV-133 Fu The Origin of Multiple Asteroidal Systems 3.5

H and K-band 

 

3

70

50

GN-2006A-SV-134 Blum Investigating the Young Nucleus of M33 4.0

K-band 

 

1

70

50

1 See the detailed observing condition constraints for the precise meaning of the %-ile categories.


Last update Jan. 5, 2006; Tracy Beck