JCMT/SOFIA Joint Virtual Workshop: Magnetic Fields Spill Secrets Of Star Formation

“Magnetic Fields and the Structure of the Filamentary Interstellar Medium”, a JCMT and SOFIA Joint Virtual Scientific Workshop

 

During the period of 22nd – 25th of June, 2021, a virtual workshop on “Magnetic Fields and the Structure of the Filamentary Interstellar Medium” was held online. This workshop brought together more than 150 staff and user community members of the ground-based James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) and the aircraft-based Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) for a range of exciting scientific presentations, papers and discussions.

Much of the meeting discourse focused on the presence of interstellar magnetic fields at a range of size scales, and their impact on the lifecycle of Infrared Dark Clouds (IRDCs). IRDCs are the coldest, densest regions interstellar of Giant Molecular Clouds. Sub-millimeter and infrared observations of these IRDCs are particularly important to astronomers because they play a central role in the formation of stars. As a part of this process, the complex interplay of magnetic fields, gravity, chemistry, pressure and density within these regions gives rise to complex clumpy and filamentary structures, which in turn provide hints about their origins.

Since magnetic fields are invisible, astronomers must use indirect methods to trace them. This is made possible because a large number of  tiny interstellar dust grains in these cold, dense regions tend to become aligned by the local magnetic fields. These large collections of aligned dust grains then polarize the infrared and sub-mm light passing between them, in a manner akin to that of polarized sunglasses lenses. These astronomical polarization effects, the details of which were also discussed extensively during this meeting, can therefore be mapped with instruments such as JCMT’s SCUBA-2/POL-2 and SOFIA’s HAWC+, and have already provided a detailed picture of the competing physical influences within the clouds, and hence their effects on the formation of stars.

For further information, please visit the main workshop page here:

https://sofia-science-series.constantcontactsites.com

Videos of the invited talks are available here:

https://sofia-science-series.constantcontactsites.com/w2-abstracts

Videos of the pre-recorded contributed talks are available here:

https://sofia-science-series.constantcontactsites.com/w2-pre-recorded-talks

 

Call for Proposals 21B

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS HAS NOW CLOSED.

 

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 21B at the JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see

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The 21B Call for Proposals closes on the 16th of March, 2021.

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JCMT Semester 21A Proposal Review Timeline Update

Due to an exceptional combination of contributing factors this year, the JCMT TAC Meeting for Semester 21A is now expected to take place on January 20th – 22nd, 2021. As this is much closer to the start of the new semester than usual, JCMT users that have submitted proposals targeting the semester 21A observing period should please bear in mind that, in the event that their proposal proves successful, the pre-semester window of opportunity for the upload of MSBs will be shorter than usual. In particular, proposers with astronomical target objects already observable in early-mid February may wish to plan ahead accordingly.

Special Supplementary Call for Canada-led Proposals (21A)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS HAS NOW CLOSED.

 

The East Asian Observatory is pleased to invite JCMT observing proposals with Principal Investigators (PIs) affiliated with Canadian institutions only for a special 21A Supplementary Call for Proposals. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see here.

The proposal submission deadline for this Special 21A Supplementary Call for Proposals is 2020-10-29 22:00 UTC.

This Call offers time for two Canadian JCMT user communities:

  1. A Canadian JCMT Consortium, consisting of the following institutions: McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, University of Montreal;
  2. All Canada-based institutions, including those listed above.

Proposals with PIs from the first above group are eligible for any of the available Canadian JCMT time available in semester 21A. Proposals with PIs from all other Canadian institutions are eligible to apply for the fraction of the Canadian JCMT time available in 21A that is funded at the national level (by ACURA and NRC-HAA).

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Special Supplementary Call for South Korea-led Proposals (21A)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS HAS NOW CLOSED.

 

The East Asian Observatory invites JCMT observing proposals with Principal Investigators (PIs) affiliated with a South Korean institution only for a special 21A Supplementary Call for Proposals. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see here.

The proposal submission deadline for this Special 21A Supplementary Call for Proposals is 2020-11-19 22:00 UTC.

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Call for Proposals 21A

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CALL FOR PROPOSALS HAS NOW CLOSED.

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 21A at the JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 21A at the JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see

https://proposals.eaobservatory.org/

The 21A Call for Proposals closes on the 16th of September, 2020.

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JCMT Semester 20B proposal submission deadline extension

Due to the significant logistical impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on many members of the JCMT user community, the exceptional decision has been made that the semester 20B PI proposal submission deadline will be extended by two weeks, until 2020-03-31 01:00 (UTC).

Any PIs that have already submitted projects remain free to edit and resubmit them further, and new submissions will be accepted during this two-week period without penalty.

For full details on the 20B Call for proposals, and for proposal submission, please see

https://proposals.eaobservatory.org/

For any questions or concerns regarding any of the above, please feel free to contact us at helpdesk@eaobservatory.org.

Call for Proposals 20B

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 20B at the JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see

https://proposals.eaobservatory.org/

The 20B Call for Proposals closes on the 16th of March, 2020.

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20A Large Program Open Enrollment

JCMT users are also reminded that the time-limited Open Enrollment period for approved 20A Large Programs has begun. Further details are available here.

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Special Supplementary Call for South Korea-led Proposals — 20X (in parallel with 20A)

The proposal submission deadline for this Special 20X Supplementary Call for Proposals is February 28th, 2020.

This Call is using the “Rapid Turnaround”-style peer-review format, in which all proposals submitted for this Call shall be peer-reviewed by the proposal creator (or designated co-author) of other proposals also submitted for this Call.

The proposal peer-review deadline for this Call is March 7th, 2020.

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JCMT Rapid Turnaround Proposal Submissions Now Invited

JCMT Rapid Turnaround Proposal Submission Call Opens on October 1st, 2019

The East Asian Observatory is pleased to invite proposals requesting Rapid Turnaround (RT) time at the JCMT. All prospective PIs should review the JCMT eligibility requirements page prior to the preparation and submission of a proposal.

A new RT submission cycle shall begin at the start of every month and close at the start of the next month. Any proposals not yet submitted by this time will be treated as still in preparation, and can be submitted during a subsequent cycle for the same semester. RT requests are limited to a maximum of 8 hours for Band 1 – 4 time requests, but are unlimited for Band 5 time requests. The Observatory shall aim to complete successful RT proposals within six months of their formal approval, after which time they shall be removed from the observing queue (regardless of their level of completion).

All RT proposals submitted shall be peer-reviewed by the proposal creator (or designated co-author) of other proposals submitted during the same submission cycle. The proposal peer review deadlines shall normally be two weeks after the close of the regular end-of-month RT proposal submission deadlines.

By submitting an RT proposal, all proposing teams are committing themselves to providing ratings and brief written assessments of several other proposals submitted for this Call by the corresponding deadline. Any proposing team that fails to provide a full set of reviews for their assigned proposals by the corresponding review deadline shall have their own proposal removed from the review process.

The MSBs for all approved RT projects should be created as soon as possible after their corresponding monthly RT review period has completed, ideally before the end of the month following the proposal submission deadline.

For further details regarding RT proposals, please see the relevant Call for Proposals page here. Any further questions should be directed to helpdesk@eaobservatory.org.

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Call for Proposals 20A: PI and Large Programs

JCMT Call for Semester 20A PI Programs

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 20A at the JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see

https://proposals.eaobservatory.org/

The 20A Call for PI Proposals closes on the 16th of September, 2019. The Hedwig system permits the submission (and repeated re-submission) of proposals until this deadline.

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JCMT Call for Large Programs (III)

The East Asian Observatory is also happy to invite applications for the third Call for JCMT Large Programs. At this time, 4,800 hours will be available for Large Programs up until the end of the 22B semester. Submissions will be accepted until the September 16th deadline. Please see here for more details. The proposal handling system, Hedwig, is available here.

For further details regarding current or previous Calls for Proposals, please see the proposal web pages.

Please contact us at helpdesk@eaobservatory.org if you have remaining questions about either of the above Calls for Proposals.

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Special Supplementary Call for South Korea-led Proposals – 19B

The East Asian Observatory invites JCMT observing proposals with Principal Investigators (PIs) affiliated with a South Korean institution only for a special 19B Supplementary Call for Proposals. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see here.

The proposal submission deadline for this Special 19B Supplementary Call for Proposals is July 8th, 2019.

This Call is using a new “Rapid Turnaround”-style peer-review format, in which all proposals submitted for this Call shall be peer-reviewed by the proposal creator (or designated co-author) of other proposals also submitted for this Call.

The proposal peer-review deadline for this Call is July 22nd, 2019.

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Call for Proposals 19B

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 19B at the JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission, please see

https://proposals.eaobservatory.org/

The 19B Call for Proposals closes on the 15th of March, 2019.

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– 20190215

Call for Proposals 19A

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 19A at the JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission please see

https://proposals.eaobservatory.org/

The 19A Call for Proposals closes on the 15th of September, 2018.

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– 20180815

Call for Proposals 18B

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 18B at JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission please see

https://proposals.eaobservatory.org/

The 18B Call for Proposals closes on the 15th of March, 2018.

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JCMT OMP Database Migration Complete

The migration of our OMP database system is now complete.

Principal Investigators/Co-Investigators on current JCMT programs (17B PI programs, Urgent queue programs, and the Large Programs) should again be able to retrieve recently-acquired data for their program from either the program’s OMP page or directly from the JCMT data archive at the CADC. As usual, the former method requires that the user’s OMP and CADC accounts are first linked (please see here for more details).

Any PIs/Co-Is that continue to encounter problems should consult their designated Friend of Project (FoP).

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JCMT Data Retrieval During Database Migration Period

We are currently migrating our OMP database system, a process that is expected to take up to 4 weeks. During this period, any Principal Investigators/Co-Investigators on current JCMT programs (17B PI, Urgent queue projects, and the Large Programs) wishing to retrieve recently-acquired data for their projects should download it directly from the JCMT data archive at the CADC, rather than from the project’s OMP pages.

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Update: This database migration process has now been completed (see above for further details).

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Call for Proposals 18A

The East Asian Observatory is happy to invite PI observing proposals for semester 18A at JCMT. Proposal submission is via the JCMT proposal handling system, Hedwig. For full details, and for proposal submission please see

https://proposals.eaobservatory.org/

The 18A Call for Proposals closes on the 15th of September, 2017.

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