Many astrophysical observations require the imaging of faint objects or nebulosity next to bright point sources such as stars and unresolved active galactic nuclei. To achieve these observations, several high-contrast imaging techniques have been developed to suppress light from the bright source in optical through mid-IR wavelengths. The operation of telescopes in space has opened new frontiers in high contrast imaging due to their relative stability and location above the Earth’s atmosphere. The astronomical community is using knowledge gained from current space- and ground-based facilities to plan for future high contrast imaging missions in the next decade. In this workshop, we will explore the legacy of existing space-based high contrast imaging from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. The Workshop will investigate how existing scientific observations and coronagraphic techniques may be applied for future observations with the James Webb Space Telescope, the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, and other future missions to image exoplanets, debris disks, protoplanetary disks, AGN, Solar System objects, as well as other astronomical objects.
Invited speakers will focus on the following topics:
Protoplanetary disk structure and evolution into debris disks
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
People interested in attending the workshop to give a poster or talk presentation should submit their abstract to http://goo.gl/forms/JYFDcsA6BC by August 1, 2016. The SOC will pick a subset of abstracts for contributed talks and the rest will be presented as posters. People interested in attending but not submitting an abstract should still submit their information to the above link by August 1, 2016. This will allow the SOC to send additional announcements or create a waiting list if interest in the workshop exceeds our capacity. People who fill out the form by August 1 will receive a code to register for the meeting.
Special WFIRST Coronograph Instrument Workshop:
After the main workshop, there will be a special half-day workshop held the morning of Thursday, November 17 focused on the corongraphic instrument (CGI) on NASA’s planned Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission. At this workshop, the WFIRST coronagraph teams will present the current design and science requirements for the CGI and welcome community input on potential exoplanet and disk science enabled by WFIRST, coronagraph requirements, and general observing made possible by the narrow field, high-contrast, and spectroscopic capabilities of the CGI. People interested in attending or presenting at the WFIRST workshop should mark their interest on the pre-registration/abstract submission form.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Space Telescope Science Institute3700 San Martin DriveBaltimore, Maryland 21218410-338-4700
We encourage all those wishing to participate in the workshop to submit an abstract for a talk or a poster. Talk abstracts and poster abstracts should be submitted for consideration by completing the form found here: http://goo.gl/forms/JYFDcsA6BC. If you have any questions, please contact us at HCIS2016@stsci.edu. The abstract submission period begins on May 15, 2016 and closes on August 1, 2016. You will be notified by September 1, 2016, if your abstract has been accepted for presentation. If the conference is over-subscribed, some preference for admission will be given to those who have submitted an abstract.
The registration fee for the workshop will be $285 and will cover morning coffee, morning and afternoon breaks, and a poster reception on Monday, November 14, 2016. Payment of the registration fee is not required to pre-register. Registration will open June 1st. A voucher code is needed to register for the workshop and will be provided in September.
Space permitting, workshop talks are open to astronomers from all local (Maryland and Washington, DC) institutions without registering. However, seating is not guaranteed in the auditorium without registering for the workshop. Locals are also requested to refrain from partaking the refreshments. Locals wishing to partake in the refreshments, including the poster reception, will need to register and will receive a badge for admission after payment of the registration fee.
Further information on the registration process can be found under the “Submitting Talks and Posters” tab above. Hotel information, including information on rooms reserved at a special conference rate, can be found under the “Practical Information” tab above.
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