Legacy Surveys with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

24 - 26 January 2005

Venue: Lorentz Center@Oort

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The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, is the largest filled-aperture submillimetre telescope in the world. This telescope will in the coming years be equipped with new state-of-the-art instrumentation, dramatically increasing its observing speed and survey power. In an era when pointed observations with ALMA will play a major role, survey power is an essential capability. For these reasons the JCMT Board has issued a call for Legacy Survey proposals, in order to maximally exploit the capabilities of the new instrumentation and to provide a lasting scientific heritage.

At this meeting, the Legacy Survey programs will be developed in detail. The programs proposed include cosmological surveys, nearby extragalactic surveys in continuum and lines, surveys of the Galactic plane and of high and low-mass star forming regions, as well as spectral surveys. The outcome of the workshop will be a coherent and balanced set of Legacy Survey programs, with well worked-out science cases and clearly defined technical requirements.

Participation is restricted to the JCMT partner countries (the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands), and will be limited to 60 participants.

Relevant information:

General information on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope:


JCMT instrumentation for Legacy Surveys:

1)    HARP: a 350 GHz heterodyne 16-pixel array receiver:



        with its backend ACSIS:


2)    SCUBA-2: a wide-field 850 and 450 micron bolometer array


The call for Legacy Survey proposals and related documents:



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