Abstract


  DANIEL K. INOUYE SOLAR TELESCOPE (DKIST): CAPABILITIES AND CRITICAL SCIENCE PLAN

  M. Rast, University of Colorado, Boulder, mark.rast@lasp.colorado.edu

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), formerly the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), is under construction on Haleakala, Maui Hawaii. Instrument integration is expected in 2018, and start of operations in 2019. In preparation, the National Solar Observatory (NSO) is working with the DKIST Science Working Group to formulate a critical science plan for early observations, and is calling for community involvement in all stages of its development. The first step in the process is the definition of a set of critical science themes and, under each of these, use-cases that outline the scientific motivation and the instrument suite and observing strategies to be employed. The use-cases will later be refined into observing proposals, which will guide the development of efficient operations tools and procedures and provide the framework for some of the first science observations to be made with the telescope. In this talk we will summarize the anticipated DKIST capabilities, focusing on how they may bear on the wave and transient theme of the meeting, and describe the current state of the DKIST Critical Science Plan, providing details of the framework in place to facilitate community involvement in its development.