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TAO/AIUC Joint Workshop was held

Various components for the TAO 6.5m telescope are now under development, targeting at the first light in 2018. In addition, a near-infrared camera/spectrograph SWIMS and a mid-infrared instrument MIMIZUKU are being developed at Mitaka campus, and now under final performance verification phase. These activities of the TAO project is supported by various institutes such as National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA) in Japan, University of Arizona who fabricated the mirrors, Cornell University, and Caltech in USA, and University of Chile, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), and University of Concepcion in Chile, through joint research and development activities. Recently, we have started collaboration with Catholic University of the North in scientific observation plans and with University of Antofagasta in public outreach. PUC is one of such institutes, where Dr. Shintaro Koshida worked as a researcher for a development of infrared instruments (please take a look at a previous article ).

On November 19, 2014, a joint workshop of TAO and Centro de Astro-Ingenieria UC (AIUC) was held at the campus of PUC. This is the first TAO workshop held at a foreign country, and as many as 52 researchers have participated from various institute in Chile, showing the large interest and expectation for the TAO project. Subjects of the presentations had large diversity from scientific results and future observational plans, to instrument developments, and active discussions were carried out to deepen the relationship between the TAO project and Chilean institutes.

This workshop was held in connection with the inauguration ceremony of the base facility at San Pedro de Atacama on November 21, and as a cultural exchange activity, a concert by "Orquesta AurorA" was also held at PUC on Novermber 19 hosted by Japanese embassy at Chile (co-hosted by the University of Tokyo).

SWIMS-workshop1 Workshop venue SWIMS-workshop2 Active discussions went on durring the break also.
fig1 Workshop group photo


TAO / AIUC Joint Workshop for Optical/IR Astronomy at Cerro Chajnantor

Date: Nov 19, 2014 10:00-17:30
Venue: Auditorium Bralic, Institute of Physics @ Campus San Joaquin, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
time presenter title
Section I - TAO and Science with the TAO, Chair Leo Vanzi
10:30-10:50 Kentaro Motohara
Summary of TAO project
10:50-11:10 James Jenkins
Exoplanets around low mass stars
11:10-11:30 Hidenori Takahashi
Research of Massive Star Clusters by NIR Narrow-band Imaging Observation
11:30-11:50 Holger Drass
Young and free: Planets around young Brown Dwarfs and free floating planets in star forming regions
11:50-12:05 Hanindyo Kuncarayakti
Supernovae environments
12:05-12:20 Ken Tateuchi
Study of Bulge Properties in Local Luminous Infrared Galaxies based on Ground-based Hydrogen Paschen-alpha Imaging Survey
12:20-12:40 Koichiro Nakanishi
Molecular Gas and Starburst Studies on the Nearby Galaxy NGC 253
12:40-13:00 Tomonori Totani
FastSound: A Galaxy Redshift Survey for Cosmology at z~1.3 using Subaru/FMOS
Section II - Instrumentation, Chair Mamoru Doi
14:00-14:20 Kentaro Motohora
NIR instrument SWIMS
14:20-14:40 Takashi Miyata
MIR instrument MIMIZUKU
14:40-15:00 Matias Jones
State of the Art in IR High Resolution Spectroscopy
15:00-15:20 Leo Vanzi
Ideas for a high resolution near-IR Spectrograph
15:20-15:35 A. Guesalaga
AO at the AIUC
15:35-15:50 Marcelo Tala
Fibres and Image Slicing in the IR
15:50-16:05 Rodrigo Leiva
The ARNICA/XEVA IR experience
16:05-16:20 David Rabanus
Second life for MiniTAO
16:30-17:30 Round Table, Chair Kentaro Motohara
UTokyo: University of Tokyo
UChile: Universidad de Chile
AIUC: Universidad Catolica de Chile
ALMA: Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array