Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
26 June - 1 July 2016
Conference AS103
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
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Abstract Due:
14 December 2015

Author Notification:
22 February 2016

Manuscript Due Date:
30 May 2016

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Conference Chairs
  • Helen J. Hall, National Association of Professional Women (United States)
  • Roberto Gilmozzi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
  • Heather K. Marshall, DKIST/National Solar Observatory (United States)

Program Committee
  • Matthew Colless, Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
  • Jean-Gabriel Cuby, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
  • Frank W. Kan, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (United States)

Program Committee continued...
  • Victor L. Krabbendam, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (United States)
  • Jeffrey R. Kuhn, Univ. of Hawai'i (United States)
  • Göran Sandell, SOFIA / USRA (United States)
  • Jason Spyromilio, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
  • Tomonori Usuda, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
  • Yongtian Zhu, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (China)

Call for
This conference is the latest in the series on Ground Based and Airborne Telescopes. Progress in the field continues at an exciting pace: several large ground-based and airborne facilities have recently continued science operations, including the Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) with an Educational & Public Outreach, the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) is doing early science and telescopes adjustments, the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) is in Cycle 3 and releasing their verification data, the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) is doing their Data Release 1, SkyMapper, the New Solar Telescope (NST) is doing cool science out of this telescope, and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has Cycle 4 proposals in and completed a 2nd Southern Deployment. Many existing facilities have undergone recent upgrades to keep their capabilities competitive, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) which is initiating a Dark Energy Experiment and new tracker.

Construction has begun on the Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKist) which is progressing wonderfully. We have early starts on the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) which is finishing its mirrors. Other large telescopes are early starts including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, CCAT, and the Square Kilometer Array SKA. And new facilities are being developed to detect gamma rays by observing Cherenkov radiation.

Papers are solicited on the planning, design, construction and performance of existing and future ground-based and airborne telescopes for observing in the optical, infrared, submillimeter, millimeter and radio wavelength bands. Specific topics include:
  • project reviews
  • upgrades to existing telescopes/observatories
  • models for international collaboration on large projects
  • site characterization, testing and development
  • observatory facilities and physical infrastructure
  • solar telescopes
  • radio telescopes
  • millimeter wavelength telescopes and arrays
  • telescopes for synoptic and survey observations
  • telescopes for airborne applications
  • telescope arrays for monitoring programs or transient-event detection
  • concepts for future telescopes
  • telescope optical designs
  • telescope design for IR optimization
  • radio telescope/antenna designs
  • design of fast steerable Cherenkov telescopes
  • design of telescopes to operate in extreme environments, including Antarctica
  • new designs or new technologies for better and/or cheaper telescopes
  • mass production of observatory components and subsystems
  • enabling technologies for extremely large telescopes
  • design and analysis of telescope structures for seismic loads
  • wavefront control, segmented mirror alignment and phasing systems
  • characterization and control of the local thermal environment and local seeing
  • design of telescope baffling to reduce scattered light
  • observatory design to control wind buffeting
  • measurement and control of telescope vibration
  • assembly, integration and verification, lessons learned during commissioning
  • industrial perspectives, design and fabrication challenges
  • design and implementation of safety systems
  • telescope design for reliability and maintainability
  • design of image orbiting objects
  • telescope performance measurement
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