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Semester 2007B Call For Proposals
Semester 2007B Call For Proposals
Gemini Observatory invites its community to propose scientific investigations for the 2007B semester, 1 August 2007 - 31 January 2008.
The submission deadline is MONDAY APRIL 2nd, 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 2007B 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.
Highlights for 2007B
|The Phase I Tool (PIT) is updated for 2007B; See PIT Help for downloads and important information. New features include a "Band 3" tab in which the proposer must specify how the program can
be optimized for execution in Band 3; a new guide star assistant; and improved help pages.
Requests for time from multiple telescopes in a single proposal is no longer permitted,
and the PIT will not allow resources from multiple telescopes to be selected.
|Proposals requesting classical observing time must specify
the observing conditions required to achieve the science goals of the program.
utilizing poorer observing conditions can also be specified. During a classical observing run, if
conditions are worse than those required by the (main or alternate) classical program, the time may be used
for eligible queue observations. In this case, the classical time will not be re-scheduled, but the partner
responsible for the classical program is not charged for time spent executing the queue.
|Relevant milestones for 2007B can be found in the 2007B Phase I/Phase II schedule. The one and only deadline for PI submission of Phase II definitions is 10 July 2007.
|Mask making from non-GMOS images for GMOS multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) observations may be available in 2007B, however proposers are currently still required to include time for pre-imaging in their proposals. When other means are available, the PIs will be contacted and any time not used for pre-imaging will be returned to the program (as always).|
|As in 2007A, both Rapid response and Standard response Target of Opportunity (ToO) programs must be identified as such in the PIT.
Poor weather proposals are again
invited on both Gemini North and Gemini South.
|Expect 90% of the semester to be available for science, or 166 nights distributed across the partnership. A list of offered instruments and capabilities is given below.
Guide System (LGS) is now fully commissioned for Altair observations with NIRI
and NIFS. The target elevation restriction has been lowered to >40 degrees. 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 approved by the ITAC.
|The visitor instrument
TEXES will be offered again in 2007B for a single dedicated observing
block in October of up to 16 nights. As before, proposals to use TEXES must include a member of the TEXES
instrument team as a collaborator. Contact John Lacy
Jaffe (email@example.com) or
Matt Richter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for team member information.
|Expect 75% of the semester to be available for science, or 138 nights; 114 nights are distributed across the partnership with the remaining nights reserved for system verification (NICI and Flamingos-2) and NICI campaign science. A list of offered instruments and capabilities is given below.
|Phoenix and bHROS are not offered in 2007B. See this bHROS announcement concerning future plans for bHROS.|
and Flamingos-2 are not being offered for community use at this
time. Flamingos-2 is expected to begin commissioning in 2007B; NICI will complete commissioning and begin campaign science.
Separate calls for system verification for one or both instruments may be made at a later date.
Up to 5 nights of classical time is available with the
spectrograph on Keck. The requested nights must be bright or grey time within the
following windows: 19-26 August (1 night); 16-24 October and 24 November - 2 December (2 nights each).
Requests must be full nights with a minimum of 1 night. Proposals should be submitted via the normal process. [more information]
|Subaru: At least 40 hours is available on Subaru for Suprime-Cam (wide field optical imaging) and MOIRCS (near-infrared imaging and multi-object spectroscopy).
All time is offered as service observing except for MOIRCS MOS mode which will
be classically scheduled. For all modes, a minimum request of 5 hours is recommended and larger programs are encouraged; for MOIRCS MOS mode, integer night requests are required.
Proposals should be submitted
using the Phase I Tool. There is no restriction on available dates
or conditions; service observations will be scheduled to meet demand
as much as possible. [more information]
Details of the capabilities available at each telescope are given below. Please see the page of supporting information for additional general Phase I 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 Bernadette Rodgers.
Last update 27 February, 2007; B. Rodgers