MSE Collaboration Workshop, 2024

Re-envisioning the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer within the Future of Large-scale Survey Spectroscopic Facilities

The 2024 Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE)  Collaboration Workshop will take place October 15 – 17, 2024, in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. It will be hosted by Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX, in collaboration with the Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope (CFHT).

The meeting will be an opportunity to:

  • Provide input, add key MSE science cases, and identify new project leadership.
  • Present recent progress of new telescope and instrument design and capabilities.
  • Discuss the science opportunities of MSE in the context of other facilities.
  • Work toward proposing MSE as a Hawaiian project and a new paradigm of socially, ethically, and environmentally responsible stewardship on Maunakea.

This meeting comes at an important stage in MSE evolution as astronomy considers how to develop socially, ethically, and environmentally responsible projects while continuing to enable groundbreaking science.

The goal of the MSE project is to develop a 10+m, wide-field, optical, and near-infrared facility under a new paradigm that includes community consultation and co-design.  The new facility would be completely dedicated to multi-object spectroscopy of samples between thousands and millions of astrophysical objects. It would observe using a wide range of spectral resolutions and wavebands. Nominal specifications include R~2500 to R~40,000, with massive multiplexing of 18,000+ spectra per exposure, operating in the visible through J and H bands. With these unmatched capabilities, MSE would collect spectra equivalent to an entire SDSS Legacy Survey every eight weeks. With the possibility of first light at the end of the 2030s, MSE would provide essential optical and near-infrared spectroscopic follow-up for millions of faint sources identified in Gaia, Euclid, Rubin, Roman, SKA, the ngVLA, and many other next-generation surveys.

Due to the enhanced Quad-Mirror (QM) telescope design and the project timeline, the workshop aims to bring fresh perspectives and energy to update the MSE science cases. Furthermore, the results from the current generation of surveys conducted on existing four-to-eight-meter facilities will inform the science case and design of this next-generation facility. We welcome all interested scientists, especially early career researchers, to get involved in leadership roles in the science working groups as we seek to advance a new, detailed science case to take advantage of the new QM telescope design and explore new potential technologies.    This meeting is open to the entire international astronomical and instrumentation community. 

Registration, Program, and Attendee information coming soon. at 

Comments are closed.