Science with UV-Efficient Ground-based Spectrographs Online Workshop: 3-5 February 2021

Published: 14 Dec 2020
Fingerprint of the early Universe

A broad range of fundamental science is pushing for significantly better spectroscopic sensitivity at near-UV wavelengths. The four 8.2m telescopes of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) are the world's most scientifically productive ground-based observatory at visible/infrared wavelengths. Looking to the future of the VLT there is a long-standing aspiration for an optimised ultraviolet spectrograph, culminating in plans for the Cassegrain U-Band Efficient Spectrograph (CUBES). An on-line workshop on science with UV-efficient ground-based spectrographs will take place on 3-5 February 2021.

With a science case strongly motivated by stellar astrophysics and nucleosynthesis, and also driven by compelling cases from extragalactic astronomy and Solar System science, CUBES will provide a world-leading capability to obtain high-resolution spectroscopy (R = 20,000) in the near ultraviolet (300 – 400 nm), with a tenfold sensitivity gain compared to existing instruments (e.g. ESO’s UVES instrument).

This online workshop (4hrs max per day) aims to:

  • Introduce the CUBES project.
  • Both develop and disseminate the cases assembled for CUBES.
  • Place CUBES in the wider context of current and future facilities.
  • Identify synergies with other VLT instruments, the ELTs, and space missions.

Registration for the workshop is now open.