5-8 July 2021
Europe/Rome timezone

MAVIS (MCAO Assisted Visible Imager and Spectrograph) is a forthcoming instrument for the ESO’s VLT AOF (Adaptive Optics Facility, UT4 Yepun) currently starting Phase B. 

It is made of two main parts: a Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) system, pushing AO into the visible on a large field of view and over a significant fraction of the sky; and its post focal instrumentation, featuring a 30"x30" imager, and an integral field spectrograph (3” or 6” square field, R~5,000-15,000), both covering the visible part of the spectrum (370-1000nm) at the diffraction limit of the VLT. More information can be  found on MAVIS blog page (http://mavis-ao.org/mavis/). 

Due to its unique parameter space, MAVIS is foreseen to cover broad science cases, from solar system objects to high redshift galaxies, as highlighted in the current MAVIS Science Case (https://arxiv.org/abs/2009.09242).

This workshop aims at bringing together the scientific community and discussing the key science cases where MAVIS will have a strong impact due to its unparalleled capabilities, as well as identifying the areas where it will provide unique synergies with existing and forthcoming facilities such as ELTs and JWST. The workshop is an opportunity to engage the community and push forward the MAVIS project.

Format and Contributions

Given the current pandemic situation, the meeting will be fully online. To optimize the scientific outcome of the workshop and overcome limitations due to different time zones, the meeting will have pre-recorded contributions, available in advance, and live sessions mainly focused on discussion and interaction among participants.

As part of the registration, participants are strongly encouraged to provide a short description of science questions and topics they would like to address with MAVIS. The recorded talks will be informal, and can be up to 15 minutes in length. Shorter contributions are also welcomed. Live sessions will be held over a series of consecutive days, during an overlapping time window suitable for both east-coast Australia and Europe (most likely 6-9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time / 10am-1pm Central European Time).

A detailed schedule will be made available closer to the meeting, though we expect to discuss the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:

  • Galaxies at high redshift

  • Evolution of galaxy structure

  • Interstellar medium of galaxies

  • Resolved stellar populations in galaxies

  • Intermediate Mass Black Holes

  • Supermassive Black Holes

  • Feedback mechanisms in galaxies

  • Star clusters across cosmic time

  • Stellar abundances

  • Circumstellar environments

  • Solar system bodies

  • Synergies with current and future facilities

We invite you to circulate this first circular among your colleagues. We apologize if you receive this more than once. For any questions, do not hesitate to contact: giovanni.cresci@inaf.it or richard.mcdermid@mq.edu.au.

This is a virtual meeting. Instructions will be sent in due time.
Registration for this event is currently open.