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:
NameVmagRA(2000)Dec(2000)Type%P_B(err)Obs Window
HD120218.8601 57 56.11-02 05 58.2B70.112(0.025)Jul-Jan
HD140699.0002 16 45.16+07 41 11.1A00.111(0.036)Jul-Jan
HD6429910.1507 52 25.55-23 17 45.9A2V0.151(0.032)Sep-Jun
HD948519.1010 56 44.17-20 39 51.6B90.057(0.018)Nov-Jul
HD981616.2711 17 11.84-38 0 52.0A3V0.017(0.006)Nov-Jul

Polarized Stars:
NameVmagRA(2000)Dec(2000)Type%P_BPAObs Window
HD2983839.6809 22 29.76-52 28 57.4A0Ib5.23148.6Oct-Jun
HD1109848.9512 46 44.91-61 11 11.7B0IV5.791.6Dec-Aug
HD1115799.5012 51 03.61-61 14 37.8B2Ib6.46103.1Dec-Aug
HD1265938.5014 28 51.06-60 32 24.8B0.5IV5.0275.2Jan-Sep
sigma Sco4.5716 20 38.20-24 10 10.3B5II4.1732.9Feb-Sep
HD1551979.2017 10 15.62-04 50 03.1A04.38103.2Feb-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