Following the Photons - Astronomical simulations for instruments & telescopes
The scientific questions posed by modern astronomy require facilities and surveys with greater complexity and data volumes than ever before. To ensure the maximum return from the investment in these facilities, simulations have become an integral ingredient in their design and operation, and in the extraction of optimum scientific results from the observations. These simulations span each stage of the system, from realistic modelling of astronomical sources through to detector performances.
This three-day workshop will provide an informal and vibrant forum to discuss simulation efforts across a range of new and future facilities, in part to highlight the essential role that such efforts now play in astronomy. The programme will include contributions relating to telescopes and instruments that have recently entered operation or that are currently in the construction or planning phases (e.g. Herschel, PanSTARRS, ALMA, Gaia, JWST, E-ELT, Euclid and others).