Last Monday and Tuesday (evening – night for me) I participated in the “BlueMUSE Science Workshop“, organised by Johan Richard (CRAL). It was a highly valuable, very interesting workshop discussing all the amazing science that the new BlueMUSE instrument can achieve.
BlueMUSE is an instrument selected by ESO for its VLT2030 instrumental plan, with a Phase A starting no later than 2022. It is an optical seeing-limited, blue-optimised, medium spectral resolution, panoramic integral-field-spectrograph, to be installed on one of the telescopes of the VLT on Cerro Paranal (Chile). The project is an evolution of the technology used on the very successful VLT / MUSE instrument, but with a new and distinct science case enabled by its main characteristics:
- A wavelength coverage 350 – 580 nm
- An average spectral resolution R~4000
- Minimum 1 arcmin2 and up to 2 arcmin2 field-of-view.
Due to its unique parameter space, BlueMUSE is foreseen to cover broad science cases, from solar system objects to high redshift galaxies. It has strong synergies with future facilities such as JWST, ELT, SKA and Athena, as highlighted in the BlueMUSE science white paper.
As usual, I’ve paid attention to all the talks and tweeted about them, compiling all the tweets in a thread. The first tweet is this one:
I also asked @threadreadapp to “unroll” the thread for getting all the information in a single post. The link is here.
This workshop was originally scheduled at early April but… you know what happened.
I’m organising the Australian version of the BlueMUSE Workshop on December 2nd, hoping to get the interest and attraction of the Australian researchers in blueMUSE.
Eventually I should talk more about my research here, as in the last times I’ve basically been posting nice astrophotographies and outreach content, when actually the 90% of my time during all these months have been working in the amazing Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS) data I obtained with the KOALA+AAOmega instruments at the Anglo-Australian Telescope, the Python code I’m developing for processing the data (PyKOALA), and the preliminary results we are finding in some galaxies of the HI-KIDS (“The HI-KOALA IFS Dwarf galaxy Survey“) project. Stay tuned!