8-12 juin, 2014


Introducing the next generation of the CFHT: the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer

Alan McConnachie (MSE Interim Project Scientist) (MSE Project Office, Waimea)

The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE; previously, the ngCFHT) is a science-driven project that can fill a strategic “missing link” in the international suite of astronomical capabilities in the 2020s, namely dedicated, 10m-class, wide-field, extremely multiplexed spectroscopy. In addition to stand-alone science, such a capability can act as a feeder facility for the TMT and E-ELT, a follow-up facility for wide field imaging surveys such as LSST, and compliments key facilities at other wavelengths, such as SKA and eROSITA. After completion of a Feasibility Study involving over 60 scientists from 11 countries examining key scientific and technical aspects, a Project Office has been established. The PO follows a recommendation by the CFHT SAC and is charged with developing a Construction Proposal for the project to inform future considerations, and to act as a nucleus for the continued scientific, technical and partnership development of the project. Here, I will update the community on these developments, discuss the principal science drivers and requirements for the facility, and discuss the key science role that the MSE will have within the context of the future astronomical landscape.
(doit être confirmé par le SOC)