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The JCMT as operated by the East Asian Observatory: a brief (but thrilling) history
Author(s): Jessica T. Dempsey; Paul T. P. Ho; Craig Walther; Per Friberg; Graham S. Bell; Harriet Parsons; Ming-Tang Chen
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Paper Abstract

The newly formed East Asian Observatory assumed operations of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in March of 2015. In just three weeks, the facility needed to run up completely mothballed observatory operations, introduce the telescope to a vast new scientist base with no familiarity with the facility, and create a non-existent science program. The handover to the EAO has since been a succession of challenging time-lines, and nearly unique problems requiring novel solutions. The results, however, have been spectacular, with subscription rates at unprecedented levels, a new series of Large Programs underway, as well as an exciting Future Instrumentation Project that together promises to keep JCMT at the forefront of wide-field submillimeter astronomy for the next decade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100O (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231568
Show Author Affiliations
Jessica T. Dempsey, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Paul T. P. Ho, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Craig Walther, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Per Friberg, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Graham S. Bell, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Harriet Parsons, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Ming-Tang Chen, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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