Origins Space Telescope: Community Science Meeting

  • Organized by
  • Chris Hayward, Ph.D.Associate Research Scientist, CCA, Flatiron Institute
Date & Time


The Origins Space Telescope (Origins) is one of four concepts that has been studied by NASA for the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey. Origins is designed to be the next-generation large mission concept that operates in the infrared wavelengths between 2.8 to 588 microns, using a cold aperture (4.5 K) with an effective collecting area comparable to JWST. Its scientific capabilities range from the formation and growth of galaxies and supermassive black holes to the formation and habitability of exoplanets to bio-signatures of habitable-zone exoplanets around nearby dwarf stars. The Origins science program will be driven by  Guest Observer (GO) allocations through the usual peer-review competitions. The three instruments of Origins will enable a large number of science programs, allowing studies from the Solar System to the era of the cosmic dark ages.

The purpose of the meeting is to 1) finalize the report to the Decadal Survey and to present the Origins Baseline Concept to the community and address questions (Day 1) and 2) have the community present their science ideas for using this powerful observatory (Day 2).

Community members can just attend or can also apply to give a short presentation on their ideas.  Abstract submissions for presentations are due by June 1.

The registration deadline to attend the meeting is June 15. Please register and (optionally) submit a title and abstract.

SOC: Cara Battersby (UConn), Ted Bergin (Michigan), Asantha Cooray (UCI), Jonathan Fortney (UCSC), Chris Hayward (Flatiron Institute), Tiffany Kataria (NASA-JPL), David Leisawitz (NASA-GSFC), Margaret Meixner (STScI), Alex Pope (UMass), Tom Roellig (NASA-Ames)

Queries can be sent to:

Asantha Cooray (Origins Science and Technology Definition Team Co-Chair) acooray@uci.edu

Margaret Meixner (Origins Science and Technology Definition Team Co-Chair) meixner@stsci.edu

Chris Hayward (Local Flatiron Host) chayward@flatironinstitute.org

  • Preliminary Agendaplus--large

    Thursday June 20th, 2019

    8:30amCoffee/breakfast items
    9:00 - 9:30amWelcome, David Spergel/Margaret+Asantha/Kartik
    9:30 - 10:00amOrigins Final Report/Tech Dev Plan discussion (InDesign version to be distributed to STDT before the meeting), Margaret
    10:00 - 11:00amLCIT feedback status, Dave
    11:00 - 11:30amAstro2020 APC White Paper for Origins discussion, Asantha
    11:30 - 12:00pm​Jonathan Arenberg (Northrop)/Mike DiPirro (GSFC)
    12:00 - 1:00pmLunch
    1:00 - 1:30pmAstro2020 APC other white papers related to Origins, Asantha/Martina
    1:30 - 2:00pmOrigins talking points and community outreach plan, Alex Lockwood/Cara Battersby
    2:00 - 3:00pmPractice Origins presentations with slide deck in small groups: 2 to 3 hours: 1.5 to 2.5 hours in small groups trying out the talk. 0.5 hours to collect all the input as a group
    3:00 - 3:30pmBreak
    3:30 - 5:00pmPractice Origins presentations with slide deck in small groups: 2 to 3 hours: 1.5 to 2.5 hours in small groups trying out the talk. 0.5 hours to collect all the input as a group
    5:00 - 6:00pmSmall groups: ask hard questions and get answers to fill out a FAQ about Origins for websites and for giving talks
    6:30pmSTDT and participant dinner/Champagne toast

    Thursday June 21st, 2019

    9:00 - 9:45amOST overview talk, Cara Battersby
    9:45 - 10:00amExtragalactic stress test, Alex Griffiths (remote)
    10:00 - 10:30amRavi Kopparapu, GSFC, Identifying Habitable Worlds in our Galaxy
    10:30 - 11:00amWill Fischer, STScI, Detecting Protostellar Luminosity Outbursts with Far-IR Photometric Monitoring
    11:00 - 11:30am​Chris Hayward, Flatiron, Theoretical models of dusty star-forming galaxies
    11:30 - 12:00pm Origins hard questions (as the full group, summarizing from day before), Alex, Cara, Karin, Kate
    12:00 - 1:00pmLunch
    1:00 - 1:30pmKe Zhang, Michigan, Tracing the chemical origin of exoplanetary worlds with Origins
    1:30 - 2:00pmAllison Kirkpatrick, Kansas, Far-IR emission of AGN
    2:00 - 2:30pmJustin Spilker, Austin, Galaxy Feedback and Outflows with Origins
    2:30 - 3:00pmChia-Yu Hu, Flatiron, Dust evolution in hydrodynamical simulations
    3:00 - 3:30pmBreak
    3:30 - 4:00pmL. Y. Aaron Yung, Rutgers, Semi-analytic forecast: uncovering galaxy formation with JWST, WFIRST, and Beyond
    4:00 - 4:30pmLuca Matrà, CfA, Exocometary Science with Origins
    4:30 - 5:00pmConcluding remarks, Margaret/Dave
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