The Astrophysical Journal Supplement is planning to release a Focus Issue dedicated to the Rubin LSST Cadence Optimization process. This issue will welcome work related to the Cadence Notes as well as unpublished work related to the 2018 Cadence White Papers to be considered as peer review papers.
The Vera Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) will provide unprecedented data which will be made available to all US and Chilean scientists and to international partners for a diverse range of astrophysical problems, from cosmology to Solar System studies and from stellar astrophysics to transients to galaxy evolution. In any synoptic survey such as this one, the choice of cadence - the pattern in which the telescope moves across the sky and periodically revisits each field - is of vital importance in maximizing the scientific utility of the data. Yet, identifying the optimal cadence for a broad range of scientific goals is a challenge. As part of the survey design and characterization process, Rubin Observatory involved the LSST science community by soliciting white papers and "cadence notes". Peer-reviewed journal articles describing scientific investigations that motivate and support these "cadence notes" (available at https://www.lsst.org/content/survey-cadence-notes-2021) are published in this issue as a record of the factors which influenced survey design, and for guidance for future surveys that may confront many of the same issues facing the Vera Rubin Observatory.
To submit a paper to this Focus Issue:
- Submit as a normal paper through normal ApJS https://journals.aas.org/astrophysical-supplement-series
- Use the “instrumentation lab astrophysics, software, data” track
- Include a cover note that says this “To be considered for the ApJS Rubin Cadence Focus Issues”