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E-ALFA White Paper Outline
Version 4       25 Mar 2003


Further volunteers welcome!


# Working Group Volunteers Issues/Considerations
1. Science justification, survey strategies, and requirements Lister Staveley-Smith, Jessica Rosenberg, Trish Henning, Steve Schneider and Liese van Zee
  • 1.1 Introduce large scale scientific impact of ALFA in extragalactic astronomy
  • 1.2 Give "from-the-top" description of possible surveys with their:
    • specific scientific goals
    • possible survey strategies and data taking modes
    • telescope/calendar time requirements
    • specific hardware requirements
    • aspects of interest to the general community
2. Hardware specifications Karen O'Neil, Riccardo Giovanelli, Martha Haynes
  • 2.1 Summarize hardware requirements of various proposed surveys
  • 2.2 Investigate "market" options
  • 2.3 Provide drop-dead minimum requirements
  • 2.4 ... and optimal requirements to NAIC
3. Detection algorithms, source extraction Jon Davies, Erwin de Blok, Martha Haynes, Robert Minchin, Sabina Sabatini and Steve Schneider
  • 3.1 Possible observing modes/strategies
  • 3.2 RFI excision and mitigation
  • 3.3 Detection algorithms
  • 3.4 Point/extended source extraction
  • 3.5 Dealing with continuum sources
  • 3.6 Sidelobe contamination/map cleaning
4. Data products & Related Software Riccardo Giovanelli, Christian Bruens, Martha Haynes, and Lyle Hoffman
  • 4.1 Definition of Phase I data product parameters
  • 4.2 Software tools/human resources needs necessary for their production
  • 4.3 Estimate of production timescales
  • 4.4 Definition of Phase I data products to public access
  • 4.5 Definition of Phase II data product parameters
  • 4.6 Software tools/human resources needs necessary for their production
  • 4.7 Estimate of production timescales
  • 4.8 Definition of Phase II data products to public access
  • 4.9 Who'll be the public?
  • 4.10 Software tools/human resources needs necessary for public access
  • 4.11 Estimate of public access timescales
  • 4.12 Options for public access modes
  • 4.13 Desired/expected contributions by NAIC
  • 4.14 Synergies in software development with other surveys
5. Archiving and Data Access Martha Haynes
  • 5.1 What will be the final stage of data products?
  • 5.2 Cross-referencing with other catalogs
  • 5.3 What role for NAIC/NVO/IVO/other?
  • 5.4 Do we foresee continued evolution of archival material (e.g. a la IRAS)?
  • 5.5 Software tools/manpower needs necessary for archival
6. Follow-up Observations Noah Brosch, Peppo Gavazzi and Wim van Driel
  • 6.1 What is the estimated detection rate of various surveys?
  • 6.2 What demands for follow-up observations at AO?
  • 6.3 What needs for follow-up at other observatories?
7. Synergies with other surveys (both ALFA and other) Peppo Gavazzi, Riccardo Giovanelli, Trish Henning, Mary Putman, and Karen O'Neil
  • 7.1 Summary of other possible surveys
  • 7.2 Hardware needs/strategies of other possible surveys
  • 7.3 Compatibilities
  • 7.4 Range of possible compromises
  • 7.5 Potential for sharing of resources
8. Hardware & Outreach Martha Haynes, Suzanne Linder, Karen O'Neil and Alison Peck
  • 8.1 Keep the community informed/web management
  • 8.2 Definition/organization of the post-white paper activities of the group
  • 8.3 Recommendations for group structure post-white paper
  • 8.4 Recommendations for participation by non workshop participants
9. Funding support (NSF & Euro) Martha Haynes, Wim van Driel and Liese van Zee
  • 9.1 Investigate funding options via NAIC and other sources


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