The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

LSSTC Supported Activities

Upcoming Activities

Synergies of LSST and Suborbital Missions Workshop

February/March 2019; location TBD

Core science cases of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) would greatly benefit from overlapping observations with NASA's recently developed Superpressure Balloon (SPB) capability. SPB-based imagers can provide near-space quality and enormous imaging speed in the blue/UV, which can calibrate critical LSST measurements (e.g., galaxy shapes and photometry). Our workshop will explore possible synergies between LSST science and planned, future SPB missions.

Contact: Tim Eifler

LSSTC Support: $10,000

Towards Science in Chile with the LSST 2018

March 2019; La Serena, Chile

A nationwide, three-day workshop to gather scientists, engineers, students, and other professionals in related areas with interest in LSST to discuss the project and its scientific potential for the Chilean community. This is the fourth year for this workshop, which started in 2015, with more than 250 participants.

Contact: Patricio Rojo, Universidad de Chile

LSSTC Support: $8,300


2nd Workshop on LSST Detection of Optical Counterparts of Gravitational Wave Events

Spring 2019; Columbia University, New York, NY

A workshop will be held at Columbia University to assess the detection of optical counterparts of gravitational wave events by LSST. LSST will be the most sensitive instrument for observing optical counterparts of GW events in both depth and speed. Binary neutron star (NS) mergers will be visible with LSST out to 1 Gpc. Binary black hole (BH) mergers and BHNS mergers will be much fainter and possibly accessible only with LSST. The science enabled by the optical observations includes testing cosmology, general relativity and measuring the NS equation of state.

Contact: Morgan May, Columbia University

LSSTC Support: $8,000


Recent Activities

Enabling LSST DESC Science Roadmap Implementation - Edinburgh

22-26 October 2018; University of Edinburgh, Edinbugh, Scotland

The second of several meetings of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), which is actively working to prepare for a multi-probe dark energy analysis of LSST data. Grant funds will provide travel support for junior scientists to attend the DESC Sprint Week, which brings together members to push forward work on DESC code and analysis.

For more information, click here.

LSST Support: $8500

LSST Cadence Hackathon

17-19 September 2018; Flatiron Insititute, New York, NY

LSST Corp and the Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics announce an LSST Cadence Hackathon at the Flatiron Institute in Manhattan, 2018 Sep 17-19 (last day optional). The purpose of this workshop is to identify cadence strategies that maximize the scientific output of LSST for all eight Science Collaborations. At the Hackathon, participants from different Science Collaborations will work together in small teams to explore creative cadence strategies with the help of experts in the OpSim and MAF software packages. Members of teams that come up with the most promising strategies will each receive a modest honorarium for writing up their ideas as white papers.

For meeting website, click here.

Heising-Simons Foundation / LSSTC Support: $149,985.00
The Corporation also recognizes the support provided by the Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA - the Flatiron Institute)

Student Program at LSST 2018 Project & Community Workshop

13-15 August 2018; Hilton El Conquistador; Tucson, Arizona

Approximately 18 students will be supported by LSSTC to attend the LSST 2018 Project & Community Workshop, in mid-August, for two days of student-oriented programming — for example, a student poster session, breakfast with LSST scientists and engineers, student-oriented breakouts, mirror lab tour, etc.  In the poster session, students will present their LSST-related summer research. Some of the student stipends are supported with LSSTC-funded internships; others are supported by their home institution or other programs.  LSSTC is funding the transportation, registration, and housing for the students.

LSSTC Support: $21,600

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