Wednesday March 11, 2015
13:30-15:00 Session 1: DECam – the Instrument: Chair – Josh Frieman
  1. Welcome/Introductions (Steve Heathcote) : 10 min
  2. The DECam System: Technical Characteristics (Alistair Walker): 30m + 10m Q
  3. Characteristics of DECam Data, the Usual and the Oddities (Gary Bernstein): 30m + 10 Q
15:00-15:30 Refreshments and View Posters (30-minute break)
15:30-17:40 Session 2: Data Taking, Reducing, Archiving: Chair – Steve Heathcote
  1. Observing with DECam (David James): 20m+10m Q
  2. Calibrating DECam data: the DECal and aTmCam calibration systems (Jennifer Marshall): 15m + 5 Q
  3. The DECam Community Pipeline (Frank Valdes): 25m + 15m Q
  4. The NOAO Science Archive – Now and Future (Mark Dickinson): 25m + 15m Q
17:40 Adjourn, dinner on your own.


Thursday March 12, 2015
08:00-08:45 Continental Breakfast
08:45-10:30 Session 3: Dark Energy Survey [DES] Data: Chair – Chris Smith
  1. DES overview – Chris Miller: 25m + 5m Q
  2. The DES data, its pipeline, and associated data products (Robert Gruendl) 20m + 5m Q
  3. What to Expect from DES Public Data (Brian Yanny) 20m + 10m Q
  4. The Dark Energy Survey: results in Large Scale Structure from Science Verification data (Ignacio Sevilla) 15m + 5m Q
10:30-10:50 Refreshments/Posters (20-minute break)
10:50-12:20 Session 4: Community User Data Reduction and Data Management Experiences:
  1. The DECam Legacy Survey: A Progress Report (Arjun Dey) 25m + 5m Q
  2. DECam NEO Survey: A sensitive, wide-angle search for near-Earth Objects (Lori Allen) 25m + 5m Q
  3. The High Cadence Transient Survey - HiTS (Francisco Forster) 25m + 5m Q
12:20-13:40 Lunch
13:40-15:20 Session 5: Science from the Data I: Chair - Kathy Vivas
  1. Near-Earth Object Discovery Confirmation with DECam (Sarah Sonnett) 25m + 5m Q
  2. Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History – SMASH (Knut Olsen) 25m +5m Q
  3. The Search for Light Echoes of Historic SNe in the Southern Hemisphere with DECam (Armin Rest) – 15 m + 5m Q.
  4. Exploring Milky Way Halo Substructures from Large-Area Digital Sky (Ting Li) – 15m + 5m Q
15:20-15:40 Refreshments/Posters 20-minute break

Round Table Discussion 1

DECam and the Community Pipeline (led by Frank Valdes)

  • What is good?
  • What should the CP be doing better?
  • What is the CP not doing at all?
16:10-17:20 Session 5 Continued
  1. The Detailed Substructure of the Milky Way Stellar Streams: DECam Imaging of the eastern Banded Structure (Jonathan Hargis) 15m + 5Q
  2. Rich Field Photometry - Techniques and Science (Abi Saha) 25m + 5m Q
  3. DECam Variability Surveys of the Galactic Bulge Survey Fields (Robert Hynes) 15m + 5m Q
17:20 Adjourn


Friday March 13, 2015
08:00-08:45 Continental Breakfast
08:45-10:25 Session 6: Science from the Data II Chair: Alistair Walker
  1. Substellar Mass Objects in the Belt of Orion – What DECam Does For Us (Fred Walter) 15m + 5Q
  2. Variable Stars in the Sextans Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy (Kathy Vivas) 15m + 5Q
  3. Wide-Field Photometric Survey of Young Southern Open Clusters (Jeffrey Cummings) 15m +5m Q
  4. Tracing Galaxy Group Assembly through Fossil Tidal Features (Iraklis Konstantopoulos) 15m + 5m Q
  5. Lyman_Alpha Galaxies at the End of Reionization with DECam (Zhenya Zheng) 15m + 5m Q
10:25-10:45 Refreshments (20-minute break)

Session 7: Round-Table Discussion:

At the Observatory (Leader: Alistair Walker)

  • Instrument improvements?
  • Observing environment improvements?
  • What can NOAO be doing better to help the Observers?

NOAO Science Archive (Leaders: Mark Dickenson and Betty Stobie)

  • What is good?
  • What should the NSA be doing better?
  • What is the NSA not doing at all?
  • Slides [493 KB PDF]
11:45-12:45 Session 8: The Future
  1. Observing the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave events with DECam: opportunities and potential impact (Marcelle Soares-Santos) 15m + 5m Q
  2. Measuring the Free-Floating Planet Mass Function with DECam and K2 (Matthew Penny) 15m + 5m Q
  3. Probabilistic photometric redshift in the era of petascale astronomy (Mattias Carrasco Kind) 15m + 5m Q
12:45-13:00 Closing Remarks
13:00 End