Cornell University

Cornell Department of Astronomy & Space Sciences Fall 2021 Colloquium Series

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

"CCAT-prime:  Science Goals and Forecasts with the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope"

I will present an overview of the science goals and predictions for the Prime-Cam and CHAI receivers being constructed by the CCAT-prime collaboration for dedicated use on the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST). The FYST is a wide-field, 6-m aperture submillimeter telescope being built (first light in late 2023) by an international consortium of institutions led by Cornell University and sited at more than 5600 meters on Cerro Chajnantor in northern Chile. The Prime-Cam and CHAI receivers are the two instruments planned for FYST and will provide unprecedented spectroscopic and broadband measurement capabilities to address important astrophysical questions ranging from Big Bang cosmology through reionization and the formation of the first galaxies to star formation within our own Milky Way galaxy. I will describe details of the science program enabled by this system, our preliminary survey strategies, and current instrument and facility status. The FYST telescope is being built by Vertex Antennentechnik GmbH with first light expected in late 2023.

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The colloquia are held every Thursday afternoon 4-5 pm. The public is welcome. To view via Zoom, please contact Monica Carpenter ( or Jason Jennings ( for the link.

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Monica Carpenter

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Gordon Stacey

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Department of Astronomy, Cornell Univeruty

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