ASTRONOMY 3303   HW#6     due Wed Oct 25, 2017


With Homework #6, you will start working on your final project.

For your final project, you will explore a particular scientific objective of an on-going or future scientific instrument/facility. You will make an in-class oral presentation (12 minutes including a few minutes for questions) of your project on WEDNESDAY Nov 15th or MONDAY Nov 20th (detailed schedule TBA).

Each project concerns a future observational result of potentially high importance. Your project should explore the scientific background including current understanding, observational technique and strategy, and goals of the ongoing/future program. It is expected to be a sophisticated and thorough presentation; the audience will be the other members of the Astro 3303 class. We will have to work together to develop the scope of your project; we expect you to need help, at least in the form of suggested references and background reading, needed content and suggestions of what to include (and possibly, what to ignore).

Note: Many facilities are designed with multiple science goals in mind; for the purpose of this class, you should stick to the science topic that is mentioned in the project title as we have assigned it.


For Wed Oct 25th
Make first reconnaissance of the web to try to find background information on your telescope/facility/mission and its scientific objectives. Some facilities have multiple science goals; we have chosen one particular science objective on which you should focus. Here are some topics to research; you may want to add questions of your own: For next week, prepare a first informal summary or outline (bullets are fine) that provides a first set of answers to those questions as they are relevant to your topic.
                (1) Print your summary to hand in during class on Oct 25th. This should inculde a description of the science problem, how the facility will be used to address it, and a list of references (this should go beyond simply linking webpages).
                (2) Email your summaries to BOTH Dominik (riechers_aT_astro.cornell.edu) and Martha (haynes_aT_astro.cornell.edu) by class time.
                (3) Be prepared to give a 3 minute oral report (no slides!) to class explaining what your project is about. Focus this time more on the facility, and how it will address the chosen science topic.
                (4) Be sure to save a copy of your summary, because you will add to it as part of next week's assignment. It will also serve as the starting point for the written part of your final project (which is due on Wed Dec 6th).



Astro 3303 Final Project List
Who Facility Science objective
Tim JWST Properties of the First Stars with the James Webb Space Telescope
Clare LSST Studies of Weak Gravitational Lensing with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Ruixin HERA Probing the Cosmic Dark Ages with the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array
Sam ALMA/ngVLA The Interstellar Medium in Distant Galaxies with ALMA and the ngVLA
Julia E-ELT/TMT/GMT Adaptive Optics Guided Studies of the Galactic center with 30m class telescopes
Peter EHT Imaging the Event Horizon of Black Holes with the Event Horizon Telescope
Hortense OST Probing the AGN-Galaxy connection with the Origins Space Telescope
David CCAT-prime Studies of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect in Galaxy Clusters with CCAT-prime