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Announcement of Opportunity: JCMT

Announcement of Opportunity:
The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) is one of the world's leading astronomical observatories. For more than 25 years it has served the UK and international communities with unique and forefront capabilities that have blazed the trail in submillimetre astronomy, consistently leading the world in productivity and impact. In addition, the JCMT pioneered many operational innovations, including flexible scheduling and the provision of data reduction pipelines. Now equipped with the world’s fastest submillimetre mapping camera, SCUBA-2, it ideally complements ALMA and provides a rich addition to the legacy of Herschel, and is poised to deliver world-leading science for several years to come.

Despite these successes, the UK’s funding agency for astronomy, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), can no longer support the JCMT beyond 30th September 2014. This decision follows a review process and reflects the evolution of the UK’s suite of observational capabilities in a tightly-constrained financial environment. The observatory, its instrumentation and its support equipment are therefore being offered to the global astronomical community through this Announcement of Opportunity.

We encourage anyone who is interested in participating in the JCMT beyond 1st October 2014 to review this Prospectus and submit an Expression of Interest. There are no preconceptions or constraints: we welcome parties wishing to take over the operation of the entire observatory, parties interested in becoming minor partners, and any other permutation. We are willing to consider any and all possibilities. Details of the facilities being made available and the process for registering your interest are all described in the prospectus.

The JCMT is a highly-productive, world-leading observatory with unique observational capabilities for submillimetre astronomy. It is being offered at a time when Herschel has successfully completed its mission and as ALMA ramps up towards full science operations. ALMA's high sensitivity within small fields is a perfect complement to the JCMT's wide-field instruments. We invite you to consider this unprecedented opportunity to gain access to forefront submillimetre capabilities at a time when this part of the spectrum is being opened up for exploitation, and to participate in the new discoveries that will surely emerge.


Professor Gary Davis
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

Professor Walter Gear
Board Chair
James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Professor Günther Hasinger
  Director, University of Hawaii
Institute for Astronomy

Contact: Linda Gregoire. Updated: Fri Jun 21 10:03:55 HST 2013

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