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Semester 2014A Call For Proposals

Gemini Observatory invites its community to propose scientific investigations for the 2014A semester,
1 February 2014 - 31 July 2014.

The submission deadline varies with partner and ranges from THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26 TO WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2 2013. Multi-partner joint proposals should be submitted by the deadline of the partner country to which the Principal Investigator is affiliated. Proposals for exchange time on Gemini from the Japanese community should be submitted by the Gemini Staff proposal deadline. An overview of the Gemini proposal submission process is available.

The Call is open to all partners and host institutions : Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the US, Chile and the University of Hawaii. US time is open to all astronomers including those at non-US institutions, although in that case the proposal must explain why U.S. national facilities are needed. The distribution of time across the partners is shown in the time distribution Table. Hardcopy of the primary Call pages is available as a pdf document.

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  • Summary of 2014A Gemini Capabilities
  • Instruments and Modes Not Offered in 2014A
  • Important Dates for 2014A
  • Phase I Tool for 2014A
  • Time Available in 2014A
  • Exchange Time in 2014A
  • Additional Information
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    Summary of 2014A Gemini Capabilities

     

    Gemini North

    Target are limited to 4 < RA hours < 1 and -37 < dec degrees < +90. In some cases there are additional constraints as described below and in the target and instrument accessibility page.
    Facility instruments offered in 2014A, in queue or classical mode, are:

     

    Gemini South

    Target are limited to 5 < RA hours < 2 and -90 < dec degrees < +28. In some cases there are additional constraints as described below and in the target and instrument accessibility page.
    Facility instruments offered in 2014A, in queue or classical mode, are:

     


     

    Instruments and Modes Not Offered in 2014A

     

  • The R600 grating in GMOS-North and GMOS-South will be available for classical programs only. This grating is used infrequently and is difficult to schedule in the queue.
  • As in past semesters, NIRI is not available for spectroscopy.
  • FLAMINGOS-2 MOS mode is not offered at this time.
  • The following instruments are not offered in 2014A (and have been retired): Michelle, NICI and T-ReCS.
  • No visiting instruments are offered in 2014A.
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    Important Dates for 2014A

    The deadline for Phase I submission varies with partner and ranges from THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26 TO WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2 2013. Poor weather and Director's Discretionary Time proposals are accepted at any time via the Phase I Tool. For successful proposals, both queue and classical, the Phase II submission deadline is January 16 2014. More information is available in the 2014A schedule.

     


     

    Phase I Tool for 2014A

    Proposals for time on Gemini, and for time on Subaru via the Gemini-Subaru exchange program, must use the Gemini Phase I Tool (PIT). The 2014A PIT has been updated to improve the instrument configuration options, and provide better feedback if there are submission problems. Latex and Word templates are available to create a pdf attachment which includes the science and technical cases. For 2014A there are significant changes in the template. More space has been made available for proposal description by adding an "Experimental Design" section. Also the PI is now strongly encouraged to include the output from the instrument time calculators in the proposal. The instructions for each section have been revised and investigators should read these notes carefully. See the PIT page for installation information and the help pages for the PIT for assistance.

     


     

    Time Available in 2014A

    The science time available for each partner and host institution in 2014A is shown on the time distribution page. The science time available at each telescope includes a 7% Director's Discretionary Time allocation and 1 night for instrument performance monitoring. The Director's Discretionary Time is divided into a maximum 5% share for use by staff (which is open for joint proposals with the partners), and a minimum 2% share available to all astronomers through the Director's Discretionary Time proposal process. At Gemini North 169 nights are expected to be available for science, which include 3 nights of System Verification of GMOS with Altair and 3 nights for early science with GRACES. At Gemini South 151 nights are expected to be available for science, which include 4 nights of guaranteed time for the GSAOI instrument team, 1.5 nights for GMOS-S CCD upgrade demonstration science and 7 nights for GPI early science.

     


     

    Exchange Time

    A minimum of 5 classical nights are available on Subaru in Semester 2014A.
  • Proposals should be submitted via the normal Gemini Phase I process. PIs in the Gemini community who intend to use the Subaru telescope are encouraged to apply through the time-exchange program and not through the open use Subaru Call. Subaru Observatory staff request that any PIs with direct access to Gemini not request time on Gemini via the Subaru exchange program.
  • Time must be requested in integer nights, and runs will be evenly distributed across dark, gray and bright nights.
  • See the Subaru Call for Proposals for important information. Notes on capabilities follow:

     

  • No Gemini-Keck exchange time is offered in Semester 2014A.

     


     

    Additional Information

    Please see the page of supporting information for additional general information. Prospective users should also refer to the target and instrument accessibility page, and the instrument pages for detailed and up to date information on instrumentation.


     


     

    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 Steve Margheim.