SALT/PFIS Commissioning Science Plan

FPRD Required Telescope Tests:
(From Instrument Acceptance Testing Plan)

Modes to be commissioned (from OCDD):

Mode by mode description of potential science programs that would fulfill commissioning requirements.

1. Imaging

synopsis: narrowband imaging over 8 arcmin field; imaging in preparation for multi-slit spectroscopic work.

Technical goals:

Tests that will meet these goals:

Science programs:

2. Long Slit Spectroscopy

synopsis: Conventional single long slit spectroscopy over full field at arbitrary position angles. Used with the SALT ADC, parallactic angle considerations do not restrict the position angle of the observation.

Technical goals:

Tests that will meet these goals:

Science programs:
2.1 Longslit Nod & Shuffle

3. Multi-Slit Spectroscopy

synopsis: Multi-object spectroscopy in fields up to 8x4 arcmin; redshift surveys; spectral surveys of stars and galaxies.

Technical goals:

Test that will meet these goals:

Science programs:

3.1 Multi-slit Nod & Shuffle

4. High time resolution Long Slit Spectroscopy

synopsis: Time-resolved spectroscopy of cataclysmic variables, flares, eclipses, AGN variability, gamma ray burst optical transients.

Technical goals:

Science programs:

5. Fabry-Perot Imaging

synopsis: High resolution imaging spectroscopy of multiple or extended objects; dynamical studies of HII regions, star clusters, and galaxy clusters.

Technical goals:

Science programs:

6. Long Slit Linear Spectropolarimetry

synopsis: spectropolarimetric studies of cataclysmic variables, young stellar associations, stars with disks, AGNs, and interstellar absorption features.

Technical goals:

Science programs:
Unpolarized Stars:
Name Vmag RA(2000) Dec(2000) Type %P_B(err) Obs Window
HD12021 8.86 01 57 56.11 -02 05 58.2 B7 0.112(0.025) Jul-Jan
HD14069 9.00 02 16 45.16 +07 41 11.1 A0 0.111(0.036) Jul-Jan
HD64299 10.15 07 52 25.55 -23 17 45.9 A2V 0.151(0.032) Sep-Jun
HD94851 9.10 10 56 44.17 -20 39 51.6 B9 0.057(0.018) Nov-Jul
HD98161 6.27 11 17 11.84 -38 0 52.0 A3V 0.017(0.006) Nov-Jul

Polarized Stars:
Name Vmag RA(2000) Dec(2000) Type %P_B PA Obs Window
HD298383 9.68 09 22 29.76 -52 28 57.4 A0Ib 5.23 148.6 Oct-Jun
HD110984 8.95 12 46 44.91 -61 11 11.7 B0IV 5.7 91.6 Dec-Aug
HD111579 9.50 12 51 03.61 -61 14 37.8 B2Ib 6.46 103.1 Dec-Aug
HD126593 8.50 14 28 51.06 -60 32 24.8 B0.5IV 5.02 75.2 Jan-Sep
sigma Sco 4.57 16 20 38.20 -24 10 10.3 B5II 4.17 32.9 Feb-Sep
HD155197 9.20 17 10 15.62 -04 50 03.1 A0 4.38 103.2 Feb-Sep

7. Multi-Slit Linear Spectropolarimetry

synopsis: Multi-object linear spectropolarimetry in fields up to 4x4 arcmin; polarimetric surveys.

Technical goals:

Science programs:

7.1 Multi-Object Polarimetric Imaging