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Chandra’s Second Decade. Lifetime: ≥15- 20 years (RJB’s presentation) Is all key Chandra science enabled by current proposal and review procedures? Extremely Large Projects (ELPs): not implemented as “could be accommodated” in current LP/VLPs

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chandra s second decade
Chandra’s Second Decade
  • Lifetime: ≥15-20 years (RJB’s presentation)
  • Is all key Chandra science enabled by current proposal and review procedures?
  • Extremely Large Projects (ELPs): not implemented as “could be accommodated” in current LP/VLPs
  • But Cycles 10-12: lack >1 Msec projects approved (2 in past 3 cycles)
  • Orbit is evolving → more observing time available per cycle for next few years

Chandra Director’s Office

large project at other observatories
Large Project at other Observatories
  • NOAO Survey Program (24):
    • 1999 → present: up to 20% of observing time per cycle, e.g. NOAO/XMM Cluster Survey, The w Project, NOAO Deep-Wide Survey
  • Spitzer Legacy Projects (6):
    • 2000, 50% of observing time in 1st year, e.g. GOODS, SWIRE, SINGS
  • Herschel Key Projects (42):
    • 2007, 40% OT, 90% GT: e.g. HERMES, KINGFISH
  • HST Multi-Cycle Treasury Projects (3):
    • 2010, 1/3rd of observing time over 3 cycles, e.g. CANDELS, Andromeda Survey,Through a Lens Darkly

Chandra Director’s Office

science drivers
Science Drivers
  • X-ray coverage of multi-wavelength, surveys: COSMOS, AEGIS, HERMES, CANDELs etc..
  • Coordination with new observatories: Herschel, ALMA, JWST
  • High-spatial-resolution studies of samples of SNRs and Clusters of Galaxies
  • Survey of local group dwarf galaxies: XRB population studies and search for dark matter decay
  • WHIM search/confirmation
  • Survey of M31 to complement Hubble Andromeda Survey
  • Grating Spectroscopy of more AGN, stars +
  • Spatially-resolved spectroscopy of nearby AGN
  • Young star clusters (w/ALMA for disk studies)
  • AGN timing via regular imaging of (part of) medium- deep PanSTARRS field (7 sq degs)

Chandra Director’s Office

x ray visionary projects xvps
X-ray Visionary Projects (XVPs)
  • Major, coherent science projects needing 3-5 Msecs, no proprietary time, multi-year
  • Single project approved per call, any remaining time retained for future XVPs
  • No science limit for first call, consider second and subsequent to facilitate different science categories
  • Time, Cycle 13: 3 Msec shortfall from previous cycles, ~1.5 Msec (increased efficiency Cycle 13), ~0.5 Msec from Cycle 14
  • Funding: scaled up VLP formula

Review process:

  • Notice of Intent with early deadline (~mid-Jan)
  • Initial Review by augmented set of pundits at regular peer review
  • Final recommendation from BPP (pundits+chairs)

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