Prospects for TAIPAN Science Workshop, Macquarie Univ, 10-12 Dec
The next generation of hemispheric redshift surveys and the prospects for TAIPAN, 10-12 Dec 2012 Sydney Australia
Macquarie University Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics Annual Workshop
Rationale: The workshop is designed to bring together experts and researchers to discuss the science prospects and goals of the proposed TAIPAN survey.
What is TAIPAN? TAIPAN (Transforming Astronomical Imaging surveys through Polychromatic Analysis of Nebulae) is a major new galaxy redshift survey planned for the UK Schmidt Telescope using innovative Starbug fibre positioning technology that allows for several hundred fibres across the UKST’s focal surface. TAIPAN is intended to build on the legacy and extend the highly successful 6dF Galaxy redshift Survey by adding 4x the number of new spectra for fainter galaxies to r ~17 over the entire southern sky and amounting to ~500,000 additional redshifts.
Key features of TAIPAN:
- Three year survey starting 2015
- Implementation of new Starbug fibre probes
- 500,000 redshifts to z ~0.2 with r ~17, K ~14
Major topics: Synergies with ASKAP galaxy surveys, precision cosmology, Galaxy evolution, the connection between gas and stars, the impact of environment and mergers, large scale structure, stellar and halo mass functions, star formation and AGN and the intergalactic magnetic field.
Invited speakers include: Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Lister Staveley-Smith, Simon Driver, Chris Power, Bärbel Koribalski, Matthew Colless, Tom Jarrett, Jon Lawrence, Fred Watson, Chris Blake and Ray Norris.
(red denotes CAASTRO members)