New Instrumentation and Legacy Projects for Calar Alto

 Start date: 13/10/2016

 End date: 14/10/2016

-Place: Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC)
-Organizer: Jorge Iglesias (IAA-CSIC) y Jesús Aceituno (CAHA)

Rationale:Calar Alto observatory is an astronomical reference for the Spanish and international communities, because of the quality of its telescopes and astronomical instrumentation, which has been enlarged with the recent incorporations of PANIC (a wide-field NIR camera for the 2.2m and 3.5m telescopes) and CARMENES (a very high resolution spectrograph, working at visible and NIR wavelengths, especially designed to discover earth-like planets in the habitable zone). As of today, CARMENES is a unique instrument worldwide, and a key challenge that has driven the instrumentation of the observatory to the cutting edge of the astronomical technology.

In addition to PANIC and CARMENES, Calar Alto observatory offers a wide variety of instruments among which we can mention here the Integral Field Unit PMAS-PPAK; the CAFE and CAFOS spectrographs or the imagers BUSCA and LAICA.  The current exploitation planning for CARMENES is already set up until 2019. Beyond this date the observatory will incorporate the new instrumentation and its new legacy projects, which should become then a reality in order to keep the telescopes – and the observatory as a whole – at the highest competitive level.

For this reason the time has arrived to propose and select the last generation and unique instrumentation the community considers the optimum one to perform front-line scientific projects unaffordable in other observatories.  To this respect we should bear in mind that Calar Alto is especially suited to develop ambitious projects, allowing important amounts of observing time to be allocated to large projects and international legacy programs selected on scientific merits.

This workshop is the starting point for this next stage of the observatory, and will open the debate in the Spanish and international communities to select the best proposals for the new instrumentation of the observatory and for most challenging Legacy projects.

Scientific organization:

We plan a total of 60 participants. Oral contributions will be selected by the SOC on the basis of the abstracts submitted. All the contributions will be made public electronically after the workshop by the RIA web, including a summary paper with the fundamental questions raised and main conclusions achieved in the workshop.

The workshop is structured in three main sessions:

Session I.-   Proposals for new instrumentation at Calar Alto telescopes
Session II.-  New legacy projects with Calar Alto facilities
Session III.- Calar Alto and technology companies

Confirmed invited speakers include:
L. Drissen (U. Laval),  A. Gil de Paz (UCM),  K. Meisenheimer (MPIA), J. Torra (UB), M. Roth (AIP)

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC):

J. Aceituno (CAHA, co-chair), J. Iglesias (IAA-CSIC, co-chair), G. Bergond (CAHA), N. Cardiel (UCM),  A. Díaz (UAM), L. Drissen (U. Laval), O. Muñoz (IAA-CSIC), A. Pasquali (U. Heidelberg), M. Roth (AIP), C. Turon (OPM), J.M. Vilchez (IAA-CSIC), A. Zurita (U. Granada)

Local Organizing Comittee (LOC):

A. Guijarro (CAHA Co-chair), C. Kehrig (IAA-CSIC co- chair),  S. Duarte (IAA-CSIC),  E. Pérez-Montero (IAA-CSIC), G. Bergond (CAHA)  J. Iglesias (IAA-CSIC), J. Aceituno (CAHA), E. Calle (RIA).


This is a RIA supported workshop (AYA2014-53365-REDT):  NO FEE is requested.

Registration and abstract submission:

Register and provide the abstract of your proposed contribution using the registration form to be found in the link below; also you can contact the organization via email ( before that date.  The deadline for registration is September 25th.  If you have any question just use the email address provided above.

Important dates:

Registration open:  27 June

Registration and abstract submission deadline: 25 September

List of participants and workshop program 2nd announcement: 14 September

Venue and final program 3rd announcement: 3 October

Workshop: 13-14 October 2016

Más información:

Vídeos de la reunión (retrasmisión en directo)

Listado de asistentes

Formulario de inscripción

Programa de la reunión

CAHA perspective for the near future, J. Aceituno

CHRONOS: Towards an auto-consistent and absolute age scale, D. Barrado

High spectral resolution nebular 3D spectrocopy – technical options and legacy science, D. Bomans

Contrib. from Asociación Española de Industria de la Ciencia, F.J. Cáceres

SENER experience in instrumentation development, J.M. Casalta

CASE Lorca, J. Comparat

Instrumentation for the characterisation and follow-up of transient sources, A. de Ugarte

Imaging Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, the case for SITELLE, L. Drissen

MEGARA: The race for a niche, A. Gil de Paz

Engineering challenges overcame in CARMENES-NIR by means of a collaboration PROACTIVE R&D and IAA, J. Herranz

An IFTS for the 2.2m and 3.5m telescopes, J. Iglesias

FRACTAL SLNE. A technological company for astronomical instrumentation and software, I. Martínez-Delgado

CANIS – the Calar Alto Northern Infrared Survey, K. Meisenheimer

How can photonic improve future astronomical instrumentation, S. Minardi

The CA-JA survey, A. Molino

Commissioning the Potsdam MRS spectrograph: a multi-object instrument legacy of MUSE, B. Moralejo

The Calar Alto study of environmental effects in the Virgo cluster, A. Pasquali

CARMENES – 2019 and beyond, A. Quirrenbach

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission, G. Ricker

Innovation for Astronomical Instrumentation, M. Roth

The ESA GAIA mission and its possible synergies with CAHA, C. Turon

Reverberation mapping of super-Eddington accreting AGNs, Jian-Min Wang

VISIONS (poster), J. Alves

ORISON (poster), JL Ortiz

Instrumentation prospects for Solar System science (poster), S. Perez-Hoyos

The CARMENES radial velocity instrument (poster), I. Ribas


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