Since 2011 we promote webinars which are an important aspect of our personnel development. This allows collaborators anywhere in the world to join seminars about the latest developments in several astronomical and technical fields. Webinars are presented in english and announced to a mailing list. Click here if you want to subscribe.

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Scheduled webinars

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21/03 - 11:00 am BRT

Michael Wood-Vasey ( Carnegie Mellon University )

LSST and Data Facilities to Enable Science with Billions of Objects

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will open new frontiers in large-scale data analysis in astronomy. In this talk I will discus the opportunities and current implementation of data access and analysis in the LSST Project and in the Dark Energy Science Collaboration. The LSST Science Platform is being built to enable the LSST community to explore the rich and large datasets from from LSST. While the LSP may not be fully operational until the beginning of the LSST Operations in late 2022, development and prototyping efforts are currently underway to understand both the technical scope and user interactions with this ambitious platform. In parallel to the LSST Project construction efforts, the wider LSST scientific community is preparing for LSST. In particular, the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) was formed to fully exploit the ability of LSST to determine the nature of dark energy. In advance of data from LSST, DESC is preparing a series of Data Challenges to develop and verify scientific and basic data processing pipelines. These data challenges are helping both DESC and the LSST Project explore and understand the opportunities and challenges of exploring terabyte-scale image datasets with catalogs with billions to trillions of entries.

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28/03 - 11:00 am BRT

Jennier Marshall ( Texas University )


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14/03 - 11:00 am BRT

Brian Yanny ( Fermilab )

The Balrog simulation for DES Years 1-3

We present details of the Balrog object injection and (re)measurement code which is used by DES to determine completeness and biases in detection and measurement of faint stars and galaxies.

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07/03 - 11:00 am BRT

George Beckett ( University of Edinburgh )

UK Ambitions for Astronomy in the LSST Era

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope promises to revolutionalise many aspects of optical astronomy, most notably dealing with the transient universe. UK-based astronomers have a particular opportunity, since the UK is part of several other significant facilities on a similar timescale--for example, Euclid, 4MOST, and SKA--yielding a possibility to secure leadership in a number of areas, including dark energy, solar system science, and transients. Recognising this, the UK community has formed a consortium with representation from every UK-based astronomy group, to encapsulate its ambitious plans for LSST and to secure funding for a substantial programme of R&D, in the lead up to the beginning of telescope operations in 2022. Through this consortium, LSST:UK has secured data rights for 100 Affiliate PIs (plus the associated 400 Junior Associates), and embarked on an 8-year research and development programme that will yield a UK-based LSST Data Access Centre, tailored to the specific requirements of priority UK astronomy goals. In this talk, I will share highlights from the UK programme to date, including an alert-handling service that is being trialled on the Zwicky Transient Facility, large-scale database ingest and query experiments, toward the 35 billion objects that LSST is predicted to observe, and a fledgling cloud-based deployment of an analysis platform that will be at the heart of the UK DAC. I will also preview the plans for the next phase of work, during 2019--2023, which are likely to involve closer international collaboration on provisioning of data and associated analysis services as well as the finalisation of plans for UK-led User-generated Products, as we transition from the construction to the commissioning phase of LSST.