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Optical and near-infrared astronomy is now truly in a transition phase from small-team projects to large-scale mega-surveys. Australian and Chinese colleagues are ideally placed to take advantage of these developments, which could have an ever greater impact if we combined forces to pursue the most exciting opportunities where complementary expertise is available among the partners. Current facilities and ongoing photometric and spectroscopic surveys in China and Australia, as well as those accessible internationally to both communities, offer exciting prospects for major new insights into stellar and galactic properties across time and space.
This three-day virtual workshop aims to familiarise researchers from both partner countries with each other’s expertise and research interests, thus leveraging our joint strengths to achieve more than the simple sum of our research efforts. In practical terms, the software and database tools we need to make the data accessible to both communities will feature prominently, as will developments regarding future instrumentation needs.
- GALAH+ (Australia)
- LAMOST (China)
- 4MOST (Australia, international)
- SDSS, DESI (international)
- Time domain:
- Vera Rubin Observatory/LSST (Australia)
- 50BiN/SONG (China)
- TESS (international)
- Extremely Large Telescopes:
- GMT (Australia)
- TMT (China)
- Future ground-based facilities:
- 6.5m/12m telescopes (China)
- 2.5m WFST (USTC/PMO)
- 1.6m Mophisto telescope (YNU)
- multi-colour optical/NIR photometric surveys (China)
- Future space facilities:
- Chinese Space Telescope (UV–optical sky survey)
- JWST, Euclid, Nancy Roman Space Telescope (international)
Image: The AAT telescope, with 2dF attached at its primary focus. Credit: Siding Spring Observatory.