the JCMT spends 50% of it’s available science time on JCMT Large Programs. These programs typically require significant (>200 hours) amounts of time, over a number of semesters, taking advantage of the JCMT’s scientific capabilities in order to address important scientific questions.
In November 2015 the board awarded time to seven programs covering a range of topics related to Star Formation, Nearby Galaxies and Cosmological studies. In 2017 an additional nine programs (some of which were extension programs) were awarded time. In essence the Large Programs focus on three main themes:
- Star formation and evolution within the Milky Way
- Nearby Galaxy Studies
- Sub-mm Galaxy Studies
For specific details of each program including the number of hours awarded per weather band and instrument requested please click here. For a full list of publications produced by the Large Program please see this ADS Library.
Large Program Policies:
Any astronomer wishing to be involved with a Large Program must be a member of an EAO region or partner. Astronomers outside of the EAO regions or partner institutions cannot be members of the project team and will not be allowed direct access to the project data.
Members of a Large Program must seek the approval from the coordinator/PI of a specific Large Program for data usage and publication. Members found to exploit data without the consent of the coordinator/PI will have data access privileges revoked by the observatory.
Each Large Program must demonstrate a diverse membership of astronomer from all EAO regions and partners.
When a Large Program is approved for time on the JCMT interested astronomers, who are associated with an EAO region (CN, JP, KR, TW) or partner (CA, UK), are invited and encuraged to join any of the large programs during the period of open enrollment. Currently there is no open enrollment period.
Individual observations will be become public one (1) year after the end of the semester in which it was taken.
Large Program Review
A mid-term review was held in March 2017 (for the original Large Programs) and will again be held in November 2019 (for the new Large Programs). The aim of the Mid Term reviews are to assess the completion, and scientific productivity of these Large Programs.