The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope aims to produce the deepest, widest image of the Universe ever produced. It will conduct a ten year survey of the sky using a specially designed 8.4 m diameter telescope in Chile with an extremely wide field of view. In 2015, CAASTRO and the LSST Corporation signed a memorandum of agreement to allow a named list of Australian Investigators to access data from the LSST. AAL has now novated the agreement and represents Australian astronomers wishing to participate in the LSST project. In Sep 2018 AAL issued a Call for Nominations to serve as Australian LSST PIs, as well as for an Australian LSST Science Lead. An AAL nominations sub-committee recommended the following 10 people serve as Australian LSST PIs.
- Sarah Brough (UNSW, Australian Science Lead)
- Tamara Davis (UQ)
- Simon Driver (UWA/ICRAR)
- Gerhardt Meurer (UWA/ICRAR)
- Karl Glazebrook (Swinburne)
- Duncan Galloway (Monash)
- Sarah Martell (UNSW)
- Rachel Webster (U. Melbourne)
- Helmut Jerjen (ANU)
- Richard de Grijs (Macquarie)
on being appointed to these positions. This team will now work towards securing the necessary external funding for this LSST engagement through avenues including the ARC’s Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme.