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Semester 2009A Call For Proposals
Gemini Observatory invites its community to propose scientific investigations for the 2009A semester,
1 February 2009 - 31 July 2009. The Call is open to all partners.
The submission deadline is TUESDAY SEPTEMBER
30TH 2008 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 2009A 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 15 page pdf document.
Highlights for 2009A
|Relevant milestones for 2009A can be found in the 2009A schedule. The deadline for Phase I submission is
September 30th 2008 (Poor weather and Director's Discretionary Time proposals are also both accepted at
any time via the Phase I Tool),
and for successful proposals the Phase II submission deadline is January 16th 2009.
|The Phase I Tool (PIT) is updated for 2009A; See the PIT page for downloads and important information. New features include: improved handling of non-sidereal target coordinates, a check that the Band 3 constraints are equal to or worse than the default observing constraints (if band 3 is acceptable), and enabling PhD students to be identified.|
|Target accessibility limits will be imposed, so as not to bias the queue at the start or end of the semester. For unrestricted access, targets for Gemini North which do not use the Laser Guide Star system should be limited to 7 < RA < 22, and -30 < dec < +73, and for Gemini South targets should be limited to 7 < RA < 23, and -87 < dec < +22. Other regions are available, but only for short observations, or those with very relaxed observing constraints. The Laser Guide System has more restricted constraints. Michelle, T-ReCS and NICI have further restrictions on availablity and Right Ascension in 2009A.|
|Starting in 2009A, Rapid Targets of Opportunity can interrupt classical-mode nights, unless the classical observation is time-critical. Time will be reimbursed to the interrupted program during queue time with similar conditions to the interrupted time.|
|Mask making from non-GMOS images for GMOS multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) observations is available, but GMOS pre-imaging is recommended for MOS programs using slits narrower than 1.0" and for programs requiring very long observations of faint targets.|
|It is expected that 80% of
the semester will be available for science, or 145 nights distributed across the
partnership. A list of offered instruments and capabilities is given below.
|The Laser Guide System (LGS) is fully commissioned for NIRI and NIFS. LGS
observations must specify "Laser
guide star" in the Adaptive Optics resources section in the PIT, and must
request Cloud Cover = 50% and Image Quality = 70%. Faint tip tilt stars will also require darker skies:
17.5 < R < 18 needs SB=80%, 18 < R < 18.5 needs SB=50%.
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. Up to 200 hours will be available in 2009A for LGS queue observations
(LGS mode is expected to be available 7-14 nights per month).
NICI campaign science, 70% of the semester is expected
to be available for science, or 127 nights distributed across the
partnership. A list of offered instruments and capabilities is given below. Due to the need to balance the queue, and the
traditionally high demand for GMOS-S dark time programs, bright time programs on Gemini South are
|NICI, the AO-fed Near-Infrared
Coronagraphic Imager, will be available to the community for the first time
in 2009A on a "shared risk" basis. NICI commissioning is on-going at the
time of this Call however it is performing well, and the NICI planet search campaign
is expected to begin in 2008B. See
below for more details.
|Up to 5 bright/gray
nights of classical time is available with the HIRES optical spectrograph
on Keck. The requested nights must be within the following windows: 12 - 18 February (up
nights), 10 - 17 March (up to 2 nights) and 8 - 14 July (up to 1 night). Requests must be
full nights with a minimum of 1 night. Proposals should be submitted via the normal
process. All proposers for Keck time must also complete the Keck cover page. Email this page
to your NTAC chair. [more
|4 to 6 classical
nights are available on Subaru with Suprime-Cam (wide field optical imager) and MOIRCS
(near-infrared imager and multi-object spectrograph). The requested nights must be within
following windows: 24 - 30 March (dark, up to 2 nights), 15 - 21 April (grey, up to 2 nights), 10 -
16 June (bright, up to 2 nights). Requests must be full nights with a minimum of 1
night. Proposals should be submitted via the normal process. [more
Details of the capabilities available at each telescope are given below. Please see the page of supporting information for additional general information.
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.