INTEGRAL Announcement of Opportunity for AO-8 Cycle Observations Proposals
15 March 2010Dear Colleague,I am very pleased to invite you to respond to the 8th "Announcement of Opportunity" by submitting proposals for observations to be performed with the International Gamma-ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) satellite.
The gamma-ray observatory INTEGRAL is the second medium-sized mission of ESA's Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It was launched on a Proton rocket on 17 October 2002 and offers astronomers a unique opportunity to perform high resolution spectroscopy in the energy range from 20 keV to 8 MeV (Spectrometer SPI) and high angular resolution imaging in the energy range from 15 keV to 10 MeV (Imager IBIS). Concurrent monitoring of high energy sources is performed by the co-aligned monitors in the 3 keV to 35 keV X-ray band (X-ray Monitor JEM-X) and in the optical wavelengths (V, 500 - 600 nm) by the Optical Monitoring Camera OMC.
This Announcement solicits proposals for observations to be carried out in the period from January 2011 to December 2011 offering about
The key milestones for this Announcement are:
|Release of Announcement of Opportunity:||15 March 2010|
|Due date for proposals:||23 April 2010,|
|Final TAC approved programme:||June 2010|
|Start of AO-8 observations:||1 January 2011|
Please note that observing proposals selected for AO-8 will subsequently be open for so-called "data right proposals" via a second Call for Proposals. These associated proposals allow the possibility to obtain data rights on point-like sources, extended sources or emission features contained in the field of view of accepted observing proposals. The second call is scheduled to be released end August 2010.
I wish you success with your proposals to use the INTEGRAL observatory.
Director of Science and Robotic Exploration