The Science Opportunities for the Warm Spitzer Mission: Workshop
4-5 June 2007, Westin Hotel, Pasadena, CA
We are now planning for the post-cryogenic
operations of the Observatory where only IRAC bands 1 & 2 (3.6 & 4.5
um) will operate at full sensitivity. The other channels of all
instruments will not operate at the elevated temperatures (25-30K). A
major element of planning for this phase is developing the science
operations philosophy for the Warm Spitzer mission. The need to
substantially reduce the operations cost for the Warm mission and the
much simplified demands of operating a one instrument mission offer
the opportunity to execute science projects that are substantially
larger in scope than those that can be contemplated in the Cryogenic
Spitzer era. During this phase of the Spitzer mission, a vigorous
archival research program will be conducted that will exploit the
entire Spitzer archival dataset.
This community workshop explored the science drivers for
the warm Spitzer mission and help the SSC develop the science
operations philosophy to maximize the science return with the reduced
resources available, both using (a) the shortest two IRAC channels,
and (b) archival research with the rich Spitzer Archive.
Please see the charge to the committee.
NEW: All of the white papers from the workshop were published by AIP,
in volume 943. The camera-ready versions of the papers have now been posted
on the white papers page.
The steering committee lead groups that
wrote white papers, but we also received additional white papers.
Please visit the page often; we expect to have
final versions of each paper posted no later than June 1.
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