GEMINI in the coming decade [report]

Stephanie Cote, Tim Davidge, Joel Roediger, Eric Steinbring, Laura Ferrarese, John Blakeslee, Sarah Gallagher, Craig Heinke, Laura Parker, Suresh Sivanandam, Kim Venn
2019 Zenodo  
After almost two decades of operations, Gemini is now well-established as Canada's forefront optical/near-infrared observing facility. In this paper we review the use of Gemini by the Canadian community over the past decade. The Canadian community has been well-served by Gemini, and this is demonstrated using metrics such as publication statistics, press releases, theses using Gemini data, the exploitation of instrumentation development opportunities, and student training opportunities. We
more » ... ortunities. We describe the vital role that Gemini will continue to play into the future. Over the next 5 years Gemini will enjoy an instrumental renaissance, with the commissioning of a revitalized instrumentation suite that is very well-aligned with the general needs of the Canadian astronomical community into the 2020s and beyond. These instruments include GHOST, SCORPIO, IGRINS2, an upgraded GPI, GIRMOS and a new GN-AO system. The Gemini International Agreement will end circa 2027, and we argue that it is crucial to remain in the Gemini partnership past 2027 into the extremely large optical telescopes era. In particular, Gemini will: be an important testbed for future instrument developments, offer capabilities not offered by 30 meter-class telescopes until well into the 2030s (such as high-resolution spectroscopy in the Northern hemisphere), and continue to offer access to both hemispheres, providing pathfinder science that will enable programs on 30 meter-class facilities.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3758570 fatcat:getydzao3fhm3mgs533lngckue