Notes from SMWLV June 2018 telecon

We discussed the upcoming call for white papers on LSST survey optimization. The white papers are expected to be due on November 30.


We will have another call after the release of the call for proposals (expected to be June 30), in either in the first or second week of July. A Doodle poll will be sent out soon.

Jay Strader will lead a white paper advocating for the dense Milky Way to be part of the of WFD survey. He is consulting with the TVS Collaboration on how to best coordinate with their own Milky Way proposals. The TVS white papers will include a) WFD coverage of the dense Milky Way and b) deeper (“deep drilling”) coverage of the WFIRST field. There was a brief discussion of whether the WFD cadence and filter choices are optimal in the dense Milky Way. Note that the upcoming white paper call notes that the dec>+2 part of the current placeholder Milky Way mini-survey would need to be justified.

Knut Olsen will lead a white paper on the LMC/SMC mini-survey. This will include the entire South Celestial Cap.

Girardi et al. have used their star count model to produce several terabytes of simulated LSST data. It will soon be available via NOAO Lab.

There is a lot of interest in the Twilight survey.

Things to do:

Develop draft proposals with assignments and deadlines.

Develop small meetings to do work on the proposal. Possibly September.

Re-visit the issue of sharing space for the collaboration. (Confluence, google drive, etc.)

Some random notes:

The recent LSST@Europe meeting was productive. It’s worth looking at the online presentations.

Conference website:
Archived videos:

Should there be a “bad seeing” proposal? or “cloudy” proposals?

There was discussion of the need for tools to exploit the very best seeing conditions. We think that DM is already addressing this.

TVS survey simulation tools from their recent meeting at Lehigh are here: