Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

Editor-in-Chief: Mark Clampin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) covers development, testing, and application of telescopes, instrumentation, techniques, and systems for ground- and space-based astronomy.

On the cover: The figure is from the paper "Origins Space Telescope: baseline mission concept" by David Leisawitz et al., from the Special Section on the Origins Space Telescope, Part 2 in Vol. 7, Issue 1.

Call For Papers
How to Submit a Manuscript

Regular papers: Submissions of regular papers are always welcome.

Special section papers: Open calls for papers are listed below. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for a particular special section should be included with the paper.

To submit a paper, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the online submission systemLeaving site. All papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Authors have the choice to publish with open access.

Extremely Large Telescopes
Publication Date
Vol. 8, Issue 2
Submission Deadline
Submissions open 1 July through 31 October 2021.
Guest Editors
Sandrine Thomas

Vera C. Rubin Observatory
Chile
SThomas@lsst.org

Gelys Trancho

Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory
United States
gtrancho@tmt.org

Elise Vernet

European Southern Observatory
Germany
evernet@eso.org

Tony Travouillon

The Australian National University
Australia
travouillon@anu.edu.au

Scope

The construction of the next generation of extremely large telescopes is underway: the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) are becoming reality and involve contributing teams from all over the world. Scaling telescope constructions to these dimensions introduces some challenges that lots of researchers and engineers are working on. This special section of JATIS is intended to provide a centralized reference on the ELTs' development. We would like to encourage collaborative papers as much as possible. So we are encouraging combined papers to show a comparison between at least two of the next big telescopes. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to: 

  • Metrology and alignment. 
  • Phasing of mirrors. For example. phasing test beds. 
  • Telescope and subsystem performance modeling and measurement.
    • Vibration
      • How do you manage the vibration? 
      • Also linked to utilities: coolant, glycol, compressor, etc.
    • Thermal, heat dissipation 
    • Modeling of dome seeing 
    • Adaptive Optics for ELTs: How much do we model? What is the expected performance?
  • AIV papers (technical commissioning).
  • Operation plan: similitudes and differences.
    • Science commissioning 
    • Transition
  • Preventive maintenance to keep the observatory to specifications from the beginning. Issues with complexity.
  • SE processes and tools.
    • Requirements management
    • SE performances: Technical Performance Matrix indicators (TPM)

To submit a manuscript for consideration in the special section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and submit the paper via the online submission system. Once the special section is opened online, each paper will be published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Manuscripts published in the Proceedings of SPIE are welcome for submission to this special section after proper revision to meet the standards of a journal publication. Regular submissions will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures.

 

SKA Observatory
Publication Date
Vol. 8, Issue 1
Submission Deadline
30 June 2021
Guest Editors
Anna Bonaldi

SKA Observatory
United Kingdom
A.Bonaldi@skatelescope.org

Stefan J. Wijnholds

Netherlands Institute for Radio
Astronomy (ASTRON)
The Netherlands
wijnholds@astron.nl

Luca Stringhetti

SKA Observatory
United Kingdom
and
INAF IASF-Milano, Italy
L.Stringhetti@skatelescope.org

Justin Jonas

Rhodes University
Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies, South Africa
and
South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, South Africa
J.Jonas@ru.ac.za

Scope

The SKA Observatory (comprising the SKA-Low telescope in Australia and the SKA-Mid telescope in South Africa, and ultimately covering a continuous frequency range from 50 MHz to 15 GHz with two antenna technologies and 6 frequency bands) will be the world’s largest radio telescope. With the project soon starting construction, the aim of this special section is to provide an up-to-date overview of the planned SKA phase I and the challenges it posed, such as large-N radio interferometry, RFI resilience, high-sensitivity, system complexity, and a harsh operating environment. We welcome papers showing how these challenges were addressed in the design of the various subsystems as well as the validation of these approaches by showcasing key results from precursors and pathfinders. We also welcome papers presenting plans for further development of the SKA Observatory towards SKA phase II. We invite all members of the SKA community to submit their latest results in these areas that have made the SKA possible.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Scientific requirements
  • System overview
  • Systems engineering
    • Science to design traceability
    • Software engineering
    • Integrated modelling of telescope and instrumentation
      • Electromagnetic modelling
      • MBSE
  • Telescope and instrumentation design and testing:
    • Low frequency aperture array design and testing
    • Dish design and testing
    • Correlators design and testing
    • Telescope management and control
    • Integration, testing and calibration of telescopes and supporting instrumentation
  • Key technologies:
    • Analog receive paths: linearity, RFI resilience, LNAs, antenna design, etc.
    • Sampling and quantization of signals
    • Data transport
    • Timing and synchronisation
    • HPC developments
  • Data analysis:
    • RFI detection and mitigation
    • Direction-dependent calibration & imaging
    • Workflows / pipelines
    • Data handling
    • Archiving
  • Precursor/pathfinder applications https://www.skatelescope.org/precursors-pathfinders-design-studies/ 
  • Developments towards SKA phase II
  • Telescope operation 

To submit a manuscript for consideration in the special section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and submit the paper via the online submission system. Once the special section is opened online, each paper will be published as soon as the copyedited and typeset proofs are approved by the author. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Manuscripts published in the Proceedings of SPIE are welcome for submission to this special section after proper revision to meet the standards of a journal publication. Regular submissions will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures.

 

 

SKA Observatory
Starshades
Publication Date
Vol. 7, Issue 2
Submission Deadline
Closed
Guest Editors
Jonathan W. Arenberg

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Redondo Beach, California, USA
jon.arenberg@ngc.com

Anthony Harness

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
anthony.harness@princeton.edu 

Rebecca Jensen-Clem

University of California
Santa Cruz, California, USA 
rjensenc@ucsc.edu

Scope

The starshade has emerged as a viable technology for the observation and characterization of exoplanets. Since the inception of the starshade, the field has developed rapidly, and the advances are widely spread in the literature and hard to find. This special section of JATIS is intended to provide a centralized contemporary reference for this exciting and capable technology.

The topics of interest for this special section are as follows:

  • Error budgeting
  • Starshade-based missions (at all scales)
  • Performance modeling
  • Other science enabled by starshades, specifically non-exoplanet missions
  • Data processing, the reduction of starshade images to science data
  • Optical modeling
  • Optics of starshades
  • Testing and verification of starshades
  • Mission planning
  • Image postprocessing
  • Instrument design for use with a starshade
  • Petal edge and face scattering
  • Scaling rules
  • Testing and verification
  • Design (apodization) optimization of the starshade
  • Formation sensing, maintenance and operations


To submit a manuscript for consideration in the special section, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and submit the paper via the online submission system. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper. Manuscripts published in the Proceedings of SPIE are welcome for submission to this special section after proper revision to meet the standards of a journal publication. Regular submissions will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures.

The guest editors are also seeking for comprehensive review papers in the areas listed above. Authors interested in submitting a review paper to this special section should contact the guest editors with a brief proposal of the paper.

Published Special Sections

Origins Space Telescope, Part 2 (January-March 2021)
Guest Editors: George Helou and Antonios Seas

Origins Space Telescope, Part 1 (October-December 2020)
Guest Editors: George Helou and Antonios Seas

Detectors for Astronomy and Cosmology, Part 2 (January-March 2020)
Guest Editors: Shouleh Nikzad, Erika Hamden, Michael Hoenk, John MacKenty, Andrei Nomerotski, Chaz Shapiro, Roger Smith

Detectors for Astronomy and Cosmology, Part 1 (October-December 2019)
Guest Editors: Shouleh Nikzad, Erika Hamden, Michael Hoenk, John MacKenty, Andrei Nomerotski, Chaz Shapiro, Roger Smith
 
The Lynx X-Ray Observatory
(April-June 2019)
Guest Editors: Alexey Vikhlinin, Feryal Özel, Jessica Gaskin, Douglas Swartz

The Hitomi X-Ray Observatory, Part 2
(April-June 2018)
Guest Editors: Richard L. Kelley and Kazuhiro Nakazawa

The Hitomi X-Ray Observatory, Part 1 (January-March 2018)
Guest Editors: Richard L. Kelley and Kazuhiro Nakazawa

Polarimetry in X- and Gamma-Ray Astronomy: the Ultimate Dimension (January-March 2018)
Guest Editors: Stanley Hunter and Ezio Caroli

Future Large-Aperture Ultraviolet/Optical/Infrared Space Observatory (October-December 2016)
Guest Editors: Harley Thronson, Avi Mandell, Ron Polidan, and Jason Tumlinson

WFIRST-AFTA Coronagraphs (January-March 2016)
Guest Editors: Olivier Guyon and Motohide Tamura

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