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Science-based requirements and operations development for the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer
Author(s): Alan W. McConnachie; Nicolas Flagey; Rick Murowinski; Kei Szeto; Derrick Salmon; Kanoa Withington; Shan Mignot
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Paper Abstract

MSE is a wide field telescope (1.5 square degree field of view) with an aperture of 11.25m. It is dedicated to multi-object spectroscopy at several different spectral resolutions in the range R ~ 2500 - 40000 over a broad wavelength range (0:36 - 1:8μm). MSE enables transformational science in areas as diverse as exoplanetary host characterization; stellar monitoring campaigns; tomographic mapping of the interstellar and intergalactic media; the in-situ chemical tagging of the distant Galaxy; connecting galaxies to the large scale structure of the Universe; measuring the mass functions of cold dark matter sub-halos in galaxy and cluster-scale hosts; reverberation mapping of supermassive black holes in quasars. Here, we summarize the Observatory and describe the development of the top level science requirements and operational concepts. Specifically, we describe the definition of the Science Requirements to be the set of capabilities that allow certain high impact science programs to be conducted. We cross reference these science cases to the science requirements to illustrate the traceability of this approach. We further discuss the operations model for MSE and describe the development of the Operations Concept Document, one of the foundational documents for the project. We also discuss the next stage in the science based development of MSE, specifically the development of the initial Legacy Survey that will occupy a majority of time on the telescope over the first few years of operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99063M (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232967
Show Author Affiliations
Alan W. McConnachie, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
NRC - Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics (Canada)
Nicolas Flagey, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Rick Murowinski, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Kei Szeto, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Derrick Salmon, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Kanoa Withington, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Shan Mignot, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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