Keck Science Meeting 2020

Breakout Sessions

The times for each breakout session are listed on the agenda. See below for descriptions of each session.

NumberTopicTime (PT)OrganizerSummary
1New Exoplanet InstrumentsTh 1:05pm - 2:30pmLauren Weiss (University of Hawaii at Manoa)Discuss exoplanet-related science applications for new instruments, KPF, upgraded NIRSPEC, etc.
2Planning for LRIS-2 - A Modern, Stable, High Throughput Spectrometer for Keck 1Th 1:05pm - 2:30pmBrad Holden (UCO/Lick)Planning for a replacement for the LRIS instrument has become a high priority for Keck Observatory. The current LRIS provides multi-slit spectroscopy, long-slit spectroscopy, and imaging over a 7.5 by 5.5 arcmin field, with two simultaneous wavelength channels allowing excellent throughput and sensitivity over the full 0.3-1.0 micron range. We are beginning to consider what a new instrument -- providing a similarly broad range of workhorse capabilities as the 28-year-old LRIS, but with state-of-the-art stability, reliability and performance over the 27-year-old LRIS -- would look like, and how it should be optimized given the scientific priorities of the user community in 2020 and beyond. This session represents the start of an ongoing dialog with the WMKO science community that will inform the conceptual design phase to ensure that ``LRIS-2'' will deliver the maximum science to the WMKO user community for the foreseeable future. Among the key requirements to be discussed: what are the viable options for focal station and field of view for an imaging spectrometer on Keck 1?; What spectral resolution and simultaneous wavelength coverage must be delivered?; What requirement on instrument stability should be imposed?; What observing modes will be essential, or desirable? What ``hooks'' will be needed to allow LRIS-2 to take advantage of future facility upgrades, such as GLAO? The answers to such questions will provide crucial goals and requirements to guide the conceptual design phase over the coming year.
3Keck Wide-Field ImagerTh 4:05pm - 5:30pmJeff Cooke (Swinburne University)The session will gather the community needs and input for KWFI to help shape and refine its design and science capabilities.
Special SessionKeck Coffee TimeTh 4:05pm - 5:30pmKeck StaffCasual chats with Keck staff
4Future Keck near-IR spectroscopy breakoutF 1:00pm - 2:25pmThomas Greene (NASA Ames Research Center)This breakout session will discuss and plan a virtual workshop to be held later this fall on future Keck IR spectroscopy needs and instruments. Four IR spectroscopy instrument concepts are currently being explored for Keck: HISPEC, SCALES, Liger, and IGNIS. The workshop will solicit input from the Keck science community and will start to assess how well community science needs are addressed by the capabilities of these instrument concepts. The output of this workshop would hopefully help the instrument PIs focus their concepts to best match Keck community needs, give the SSC some idea of community priorities, and also inform the next Keck strategic plan. This breakout session at the KSM will discuss the focus, agenda, and attendees, as well as start planning the format of this workshop. Keck users and instrument developers with interests in IR spectroscopy are invited to attend and participate.
5Keck AO (including KAPA)F 1:00pm - 2:25pmJessica Lu (UC Berkeley)On-going and upcoming Keck AO changes can be discussed and observers can share strategies on experimental optimization, data analysis, etc.
6The Data Services InitiativeF 1:00pm - 2:25pmJohn O'Meara (W. M. Keck Observatory)WMKO is embarking on a major revamp of the end-to-end data flow from observation to archive. The Data Services Initiative will make data at Keck useful, reliable, and quick. In this session, we will introduce the DSI, discuss the role of data reduction pipelines, and how reduced data will be made available at the Keck Observatory Archive.

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