July 11 – 13, 2011
Venue: lecture hall, 1st floor of IPMU (TODIAS, The University of Tokyo)

participant list
A statement from this meeting: click here

Goals of the meeting:

The PFS white paper was a science document largely constructed within the Japanese community to illustrate the overall potential of PFS. At the January Subaru Users meeting PI Murayama suggested that the exploitation of PFS should be undertaken in two ways: (i) an international SSP involving both the core PFS team and the members of the Japanese community, and (ii) general access by the Japanese community for independent programs. Before funds can be raised for the
instrument, the international partners in PFS must better understand the arrangements.

Specifically, we need to discuss how the international SSP will be developed. By when must it be agreed? What are the science areas it will contain? Will there be any flexibility in the science case given we cannot predict now all the important science PFS may accomplish when it is undertakes a survey perhaps in a period some years away? It may be that the PFS SSP does not follow precisely the format of earlier SSP programs.

As IPMU is not a representative of the Japanese astronomical community, the meeting can act as an important means for discussions between the Japanese community and the core PFS team.

The meeting will also provide a much-needed opportunity to review the newly-formed PFS project office. How will this office function and interface with the international partners? Technically, the project faces many hurdles in developing a credible timeline given the numerous constraints. What are the restrictions on spending the current IPMU funds? Different components of PFS are in different stages of technical and financial readiness. Will construction be begun before all the funds have been raised? Will project reviews of the various components be conducted simultaneously or independently?

Monday July 11
0830 coffee and light breakfast

0900 Hitoshi Murayama (IPMU): a kick-off talk, the goals of the meeting
0915 Richard Ellis (Caltech): Core Team requirements and overview of science projects
0945 Hajime Sugai (IPMU): Report from the project office

1030 Break

1050 Jim Gunn (Princeton): Princeton comments
1110 Paul Ho (ASIAA): Taiwan comments
1130 Laerte Sodre Jr (Sao Paulo): Brazilian comments
1150 Olivier LeFevre (LAM): Marseille comments

1210 Lunch

1340 TBA: Subaru Strategic Project (SSP) Survey
1400 Masamune Oguri (IPMU): HSC collaboration
1420 Hideki Takami (NAOJ): Subaru view of PFS
1440 Nobuo Arimoto (NAOJ): SAC view

1500 Break @IPMU tea-time

1530 Jim Gunn (Princeton): science cases with PFS
1600 Jean-Paul Kneib (LAM): scienece csees with PFS
1630 John Silverman (IPMU): galaxy evolution
1700 Tohru Nagao (Kyoto): QSO

Tuesday July 12

0830 coffee and light breakfast

0900 Masahiro Takada (IPMU): PFS White Paper (the version by the Japanese community)
0930 Masami Ouchi (Tokyo): high-z galaxy

1000 Coffee

1030 Discussion on SSP science team (Murayama, Ellis, Suto, Arimoto, Gunn)
– What is the PFS science team?
– What are the main scientific drivers?
– How does PFS science fit into SSP?
– Collaboration issues
– Action items

1220 Lunch

1340 Hitoshi Murayama (IPMU): the technical collaboration: overview
1355 Hiroshi Karoji (IPMU): Project Office Developments and Management Plan
1410 Hajime Sugai (IPMU): timeline for PFS
1425 Shiang-Yu Wang (ASIAA): Metrology camera

1455 Break @IPMU tea-time

1530 Jim Gunn (Princeton): Spectrograph timeline and issues
1600 Brice Mnard (JHU): proposed JHU contribution
1630 Olivier LeFevre (LAM): Spectrograph and LAM issues
1700 Mike Seiffert (JPL): positioner timetable
1730 Laerte Sodre Jr (Sao Paulo): Fiber system

1845 dinner @ cafeteria “Plaza IKOI”

Wednesday July 13

0830 coffee and light breakfast

(0900 contributions or further discussions if needed)

0900 Closed discussion session for the instrumentation teams
- Timeline
- Agreed actions for technical partnership
- etc.