1st protoDESI Workshop


1st protoDESI Workshop

  • Wednesday September 16th through Friday September 18th, 2015
  • Organizing by Ann Elliott, Paul Martini, Klaus Honscheid

  • The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) at The Ohio State University (OSU) is holding a workshop in Columbus, Ohio September 16-18, 2015.

  • DESI is a new ground-based dark energy experiment to study baryon acoustic oscillations and the growth of structure with an all-sky galaxy redshift survey.

  • The DESI instrument will be installed on the 4-m Mayall telescope on Kitt Peak, Arizona. It consits of a focal plane with 5,000 robotically-actuated fiber positioners that feed ten three-arm spectrographs. A small scale prototype version of the instrument dubbed protoDESI will be installed on the Mayall telescope in 2016. The goals of this test run include demonstration of the telescope - guider and the fiber positioner control loops.

  • This workshop is the first in a series of three meetings to develop protoDESI and to prepare the observing run. The last day of the workshop will focus on the readout and control software needed to perform these tests. The meeting will feature a mixture of plenary talks, discussions, hands-on tutorials and parallel sessions.

    For more information on the workshop or questions please contact Klaus Honscheid.


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