First SPIRou Science Meeting

22-25 September 2014, Paris, France


SPIRou recently passed its FDR (Final Design Review) and the project is now entering the construction and integration phase (with a first light at CFHT planned for 2017). Time is thus mature to start working on the overall science preparation for SPIRou, and in particular on the detailed definition of the SPIRou Legacy Survey (SLS), i.e., the 500-night survey on a 5-year timescale that will come along with the implementation of the instrument at CFHT. The SLS will be dedicated to the two main science goals of SPIRou (the quest for habitable Earth-like planets around M dwards, and the study of low-mass star & planet formation in the presence of magnetic fields) and to tightly connected topics (e.g., the activity and magnetic topologies of M dwarfs), but will also be very useful for a wide variety of other science programs of high interest for the whole community. Observations of the SLS are in particular intended (i) to accomplish selected large-scale community-defined scientific programs and (ii) to provide the community with an extensive, homogenous, well characterized, and high quality database having the potential for a wide range of long-lasting scientific applications.

The first SPIRou Science Meeting will be held in Paris (Campus de Jussieu and IAP) on 2014 September 22-25. The goal of this first meeting is to initiate the overall science preparation for SPIRou and that of the SLS in particular, and to iterate with the community on how to distribute the work and associated responsibilities.

Scientific Organizing Committee: Silvia Alencar, Étienne Artigau, Xavier Delfosse (Chair), Jean-François Donati, René Doyon, Guillaume Hébrard, Julien Morin, Claire Moutou.

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List of participants.

Map of WPs.

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Latest modifications: 18 September 2014

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