CUBES F2F Science Meeting

Auditorium Nazionale INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte

Auditorium Nazionale INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte

Via Moiariello 16, 80131, Napoli, Italy


The Cassegrain U-Band Efficient Spectrograph (CUBES) has been designed to provide high-efficiency observations in the near UV (300-405 nm) at spectral resolving powers of R ≥ 20,000 and R ∼ 7,000. CUBES will provide the VLT with a unique capability and will open-up new discovery space for a broad range of astrophysical topics. The near UV contains a tremendous diversity of iron-peak and heavy element lines in stellar spectra, as well as the unique possibility to measure the resonant doublet of beryllium at 313nm and the NH molecule at 336nm. The near-UV is also important for extragalactic science. It allows studies of the interstellar and circumgalactic medium (CGM) of distant galaxies, the measurement of the escape fraction of ionizing photons from intermediate redshift galaxies, and the follow-up of explosive transients. Closer to home, significantly improved sensitivity at the shortest (ground-based) wavelengths will also provide exciting new opportunities in solar system science.

The main goals of the meeting are to gather the science team, provide an update of the project, and progress towards the definition of a GTO programme. We will review the existing science cases and assess how much time will be needed for each one, how targets from different programmes can be grouped, and define the basis of an updated version of the CUBES science case document that will be submitted for FDR in 2024. Compelling new science cases that were not part of the initial submission will also be considered. 


The meeting will be divided in three parts: a short general project update, 15min presentations from each science case (with emphasis mostly on the constraints, sample properties, and time needed for the programme), and break-out sessions for discussion. In person participation is strongly encouraged but a hybrid option will be offered.

  • Alessandra Migliorini
  • Andrea Grazian
  • Andrea Trost
  • Beatriz Barbuy
  • Boris Gaensicke
  • Cyrielle Opitom
  • Domenico D'Auria
  • Fiorangela La Forgia
  • Gabriele Cescutti
  • Giorgio Calderone
  • Gregor Traven
  • Guido Cupani
  • Heitor Ernandes
  • Juan Manuel Alcala'
  • Klaas Wiersema
  • Luca Izzo
  • Luca Pasquini
  • Marcella Marconi
  • marcos diaz
  • Markus Schoeller
  • Mina Sibalic
  • monica lazzarin
  • Nicola Gentile Fusillo
  • Pasquier Noterdaeme
  • Pietro Schipani
  • Roberta Carini
  • Roberto Cirami
  • Rodolfo Smiljanic
  • Ryan Cooke
  • Sergei Balashev
  • Silvia Piranomonte
  • Sofia Randich
  • Stefano Covino
  • Stefano Cristiani
  • Tayyaba Zafar
  • Trifon Trifonov
  • Valentina D'Odorico
  • Vincenzo De Caprio
    • Session 1: Technical contributions (Chair: Ryan Cooke)
      • 1
        Speaker: Stefano Covino
      • 2
        System update (On-line presentation)
        Speaker: Matteo Genoni
      • 3
        Visible and NIR at ESO: an update
        Speaker: Luca Pasquini
      • 10:50 AM
        Coffee break
      • 4
        CUBES data reduction software
        Speaker: Guido Cupani / Giorgio Calderone
      • 12:30 PM
        Lunch break
    • Session 2: Solar system contributions (Chair: Gabriele Cescutti)
      • 5
        S1: Cometary Science with CUBES
        Speaker: Fiorangela La Forgia
      • 6
        S2: Exospheres and icy surfaces of outer Solar System bodies observed with CUBES
        Speaker: Alessandra Migliorini (Speaker: Fiorangela La Forgia)
      • 7
        Discussion: Solar System cases
    • Session 3: Extragalactic contributions (Chair: Gabriele Cescutti)
      • 8
        E1: Primordial Deuterium abundance
        Speaker: Ryan Cooke
      • 3:20 PM
        Coffee break
      • 9
        E3: Cold gas at high redshift
        Speaker: Pasquier Noterdaeme
      • 10
        E4: Escape fraction of AGN
        Speaker: Andrea Grazian
      • 11
        E5 (additional): Dark Matter Candidates in the low redshift Lyman forest
        Speaker: Andrea Trost
    • Session 4: Galactic contributions (Chair: Cyrielle Opitom)
      • 12
        G5 Lithium production in novae
        Speaker: Luca Izzo
      • 13
        Unveiling Exoplanetary Atmospheres using Transmission Spectroscopy with CUBES
        Speaker: Trifon Trifonov
      • 14
        G1: Accretion, winds & outflows in YSOs
        Speaker: Juan Manuel Alcala
      • 15
        G2: Exo-planet composition
        Speaker: Gentile Fusillo
      • 10:50 AM
        Coffee break
      • 16
        G4: Beryllium and CUBES
        Speaker: Rodolfo Smiljanic
      • 17
        Extragalactic discussion
      • 12:30 PM
        Lunch break
    • Galactic contributions (continue) (Chair: Luca Izzo)
      • 18
        Discussion (simultaneous/parallel observations with other facilities, dissemination)
      • 19
        G6: Metal-poor stars & light elements
        Speaker: Sofia Randich / Gabrielle Cescutti
      • 20
        G7: Neutron-capture elements
        Speaker: Heitor Ernandes
      • 3:20 PM
        Coffee break
      • 21
        G8: Precise metallicities of metal-poor pulsators
        Speaker: Marcella Marconi
      • 22
        G9: Horizontal Branch stars in Galactic GCs
        Speaker: Roberta Carini
      • 23
        Speaker: Gregor Traven
    • 7:30 PM
      Social Dinner at Hotel Villa Capodimonte
    • Session 5: Transients (Chair: Stefano Covino)
      Convener: Silvia Piranomonte
    • Discussion: Galactic cases
    • 10:50 AM
      Coffee break
    • 24
      Status of the project (On-line presentation)
      Speaker: Roberto Cirami
    • 25
      Q&A + AOB
    • 12:30 PM
      Light lunch