Subaru Telescope: current status and strategy toward future
Associate Director at Subaru Telescope
The Subaru Telescope is an 8.2m telescope on top of Maunakea, Hawaii. The telescope has suites of state-of-the-art instruments which cover almost the entire wavelength range from the optical to the mid-infrared at various spectral resolutions. I will briefly introduce some scientific highlights using the Subaru Telescope to show its capabilities. Recently a new prime focus optical imager Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) started its science operations. HSC has 1.5 deg. field-of-view with excellent image quality, and the international collaboration team is conducting a large survey using HSC with 300 nights in total which aims at covering about 1,400 sq. degrees. I will also introduce some new instrument projects such as the Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) which employs 2,400 fibres over 1.3 sq. degree FoV, new exoplanet instruments, a wide-field near-infrared instrument concept with Ground-Layer Adaptive Optics, and the strategic plan of the Subaru Telescope toward 2020s. The Subaru Telescope is accessible by Canadian community through the Subaru-Gemini time exchange program, and we wish to enlarge the collaboration with Canada in any possible ways.
Date: Thursday, 24 March 2016 Time: 11:30 Where: Université de Montréal Pavillon Roger-Gaudry, local D-460 Contact: René Doyon