Session B6: Triumphs of 20th Century Astrophysics I: Observatories and Telescopes

10:45 AM–12:33 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2008
Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (formerly Adam's Mark Hotel), Room: Promenade D

Sponsoring Units: FHP DAP
Chair: Ramanath Cowsik, Washington University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2008.APR.B6.3

Abstract: B6.00003 : Large Telescopes and Instrumentation of the Future

11:57 AM–12:33 PM

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  Elizabeth Barton
    (Center for Cosmology, University of California, Irvine)

An exciting array of new ground-based facilities may lie in our future. Upcoming or planned wide-field projects will parameterize dark energy, map dark matter, and pinpoint the baryon acoustic oscillations. Large-aperture, narrower-field facilities will trace the formation of galaxies and black holes from extremely early epochs in the universe and unveil the mysteries of planet formation. I will describe some of the plans and the key science cases for the next generation of optical and infrared ground-based facilities.

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