2017 ESO Calibration Workshop: The Second Generation VLT Instruments and Friends

Published: 22 Aug 2016

16–19 January 2017, ESO Vitacura, Santiago, Chile

A complete, consistent calibration plan for each data set, fulfilling quality control criteria, was recognized as a cornerstone of VLT operation. In 2007, ESO organized its first calibration workshop and ten years later the 2017 ESO Calibration Workshop will bring together astronomers and instrument scientists to share their experiences, engage in open discussions, challenge current limitations and develop creative concepts for better calibration in the future.

Among the topics to be covered at the 2017 ESO Calibration Workshop are:

  • all calibration aspects relevant to the user community or science operations for the ESO Paranal (VLT) and La Silla sites
  • progress in characterizing the properties of the atmosphere to allow science operations to make the best use of the current conditions
  • progress in data reduction and pipeline tools
  • sharing of information, experience and techniques between observers, instrument developers and instrument operation teams
  • review of the precision and limitations of the applied instrument calibration plans, and collection of current and future requirements.

Details can be found on the Workshop webpage or by email. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 October 2016.