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South African MIGHTEE Early Science Workshop 2019

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Early observation of several  MIGHTEE pointings have been completed, and the MIGHTEE-DATA team are working to create preliminary images data sets to support early science projects. Initial images and cubes including multi-frequency synthesis continuum images, Stokes cubes and coarse HI cubes are expected to be available in the next weeks. 

In the week following the PHISCC in Perth, the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) will host a MIGHTEE Early Science workshop from 20 – 22 February 2018.  The workshop is open to international participants, with the primary goal of bringing together the South African faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students who are working on MIGHTEE.

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the MIGHTEE data,  plan early science programs and collaborations, discuss issues and longer term goals, and generally advance engagement by South African postdoctoral researchers and students in MIGHTEE.

Main topics for the workshop include:

  • Presentations by the MIGHTEE-DATA team and discussion, assessment and critique of data products and plans, and advanced calibration and imaging issues;
  • Early science plans and updates on any early science projects that have something to report;
  • Discussion of techniques and analyses that cut across MIGHTEE science, e.g. source finding, multi-wavelength analysis to classify sources etc.;
  • Discussions of collaborations and future directions;
  • Policy regarding access early science and publication and data access.

 Lunch will be provided. 

SCIENTIFIC ORGANISING COMMITTEE:

  • Prof. Russ Taylor (IDIA)
  • Dr. Brad Frank (SARAO)
  • Dr. Imogen Whittam (UWC)

Venue and Logistics

Image: University of the Western Cape

University of the Western Cape,

Life Sciences Building,

5th Floor, SANBI

Seminar Rooms

  1. Accommodation Recommendations
    1. Road Lodge Cape Town International Airport
      • Location: International Airport, Matroosfontein, Cape Town, 7475
      • Telephone: (+27) 021 934 7303
    2.  Hotel Verde
      • Location: 15 Michigan St, Airport Industria, Cape Town, 7490
      • Telephone: (+27) 021 380 5500
    3. Accommodation Around University of Cape Town, Rondebosch
      • Kindly click here for accommodation around UCT
  2. Transport
    • Transport will depart from the University of Cape Town to the University of the Western Cape.
    • Should you require transport to the workshop venue, kindly indicate this here
  3. Parking
    • Parking will be made available to participants who will be arriving in cars.
    • Please click here for the map.
  4. Iziko Planetarium – Open Museum Night (21 February, 18h00 – 22h00)
    • On Thursday 21 February 2019,  museums in Cape Town will be open for Museum Night 
    • IDIA is planning to arrange a planetarium show for workshop attendees (TBC).
    • Kindly click here to reserve transportation to the museums.

Lunch will be provided daily.

Cancellations: Although we plan to attend events, sometimes it cannot happen as planned. Kindly indicate here if you have registered to attend but are no longer able to make it.

Please do not hesitate to contact us below if you have any issues with regards to accommodation, transport or any other logistics and we will endeavour to assist you.

Project Information

The MeerKAT International GHz Tiered Extragalactic Exploration (MIGHTEE) is a MeerKAT Large Survey Project to create deep images of the extragalactic sky to explore the cosmic evolution of galaxies. MIGHTEE is a radio continuum survey which will be conducted with the South African SKA pathfinder telescope MeerKAT. It aims to probe to much fainter flux densities (0.1–1 μJy beam−1 rms) than the EMU/WODAN surveys, over smaller areas (20deg2) at higher angular resolution, at an observing frequency of 950 MHz – 1.7 GHz.

MIGHTEE Working Groups

  1. MIGHTEE-HI-ABSORPTION : Atomic Hydrogen Absorption
    • Chairs:  James Allison, Neeraj Gupta
  2. MIGHTEE-POL:  Polarisation Science
    • Chairs:  Anna Scaife, Russ Taylor
  3. MIGHTEE-NOISE:  Science below the noise level
    • Chairs:  Mario Santos, Jeroen Stil
  4. MIGHTEE-XiD:  Multi-wavelength Identification
    • Chairs:  Matt Jarvis, Mattia Vaccari
  5. MIGHTEE-VLBI:  Very Long Baseline Interferometry
    • Chairs:  Roger Deane, Ivan Agudo
  6. MIGHTEE-DATA:  Data Processing
    • Chairs:  Russ Taylor, Brad Frank, Ian Heywood
  7. MIGHTEE-GMRT:  Joint GMRT, MeerKAT survey
    • Chairs:  Ishwara Chandra, Russ Taylor
  8. MIGHTEE-HI-EMISSION : Atomic Hydrogen Emission
    • Chairs: Brad Frank, Natasha Maddox

 

Programme

Note: Presentations are available and can be viewed and downloaded where linked.

Day 1: 20 February – Data Processing and Analysis

9:00 –  9:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10 –  9:40 Overview of the MIGHTEE Project by  Russ Taylor

9:40 – 10:30 IDIA Pipeline  by Brad Frank

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:30 IDIA Pipeline by Srikrishna Sekhar; and IDIA Pipeline  byJordan Collier

11:30 – 12:00 Advanced Imaging Challenges by Russ Taylor & Ian Heywood

12:00 – 12:30 Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 13:50 MeerLICHT Optical Coverage of the MIGHTEE Fields by Paul Groot

13:50 – 14:10 SuperMIGHTEE: A SA – India Collaboration  by Russ Taylor

14:10 – 14:30 A-Z Filter: A Generalized Approach to Model Antenna Primary Beams by Krishna Sekhar

14:30 – 14:50 Modelling MeerKAT Primary Beam by Khan Asad

14:50 – 15:10 IDIA Cloud Environment for MIGHTEE Post-Processing and Analytics by Mattia Vaccari

15:10 – 15:30 Data processing and analytics tools on Cloud Systems  by Susanna Sanchez Exposito

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 16:20 Deep Learning for Morphological Classification of Radio Sources   by Chaka Mofokeng

16:20 – 16:40 Source Detection with Deep Learning by Bruce Bassett

16:40 – 17:00 Machine Learning method of identifying Multi-wavelength counterparts  by Fangxia An

17:00 – 17:30 Discussion

Day 2:  21 February –  Science

09:00 – 09:20 Radio Galaxies with MIGHTEE by Imogen Whittam

09:20 – 09:40 Young and Distant Radio Galaxies by Jordan Collier

09:40 – 10:00 A Giant Radio Galaxy in MIGHTEE-COSMOS by Jacinta Delhaize

10:00 – 10:20 Exploring the life-cycle of radio galaxies with MIGHTEE by Marisa Brienza

10:20 – 10:30 Discussion

Break

11:00 – 11:20 MIGHTEE HI Science by Brad Frank

11:20 – 11:40 Simulations to quantify the uncertainties in HI spectral line stacking by Ed Elson

11:40 – 12:00 Connecting SIMBA to MIGHTEE by Nicole Thomas

12:00 – 12:20 Incorporating observational effects into galaxy simulations for MIGHTEE by Marcin Glowacki

12:20 – 12:30 Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 13:50 Cosmos: Radio Luminosity Functions Below the Detection Threshold by Eliab Malefahlo

13:50 – 14:10 Musings on MIGHTEE from the Stripe 82 cross-match by Matt Prescott

14:10 – 14:30 High-z Radio Clusters and Protoclusters by Fangxia An

14:30 – 14:50 A MeerKAT View of Galaxy Clusters by Kenda Knowles

14:50 – 15:10 Disentangling the radio emission from ‘radio-quiet’ quasars by Sarah White

15:10 – 15:30 MIGHTEE Investigation of Submm-Bright Sources by Lerothodi Leeuw

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:00 IDIA Visualization Tool Demo with MIGHTEE Data

17:00 Buses depart for Iziko Planetarium

18:30 Planetarium Show (Gathering at Planetarium’s entrance at 18:20)

Day 3:  22 February – Policy and collaboration

09:00 – 09:30 MIGHTEE VLBI Update by Roger Deane

09:30 – 10:00 Cosmic Magnetism and the Polarization Properties of 𝜇Jy Radio Sources by Russ Taylor

10:00 – 10:20 Evolution of Galactic Magnetic Fields in HI defined Interaction Stages by Ancor Damas-Segovia

10:20 – 10:30 Discussion

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:15 MIGHTEE Early Science Policy and Project Proposals by Russ Taylor

11:15 – 12:00 Break out discussions on collaboration and project proposals

Meeting ends

Participants

The South African MIGHTEE Early Science Workshop was well attended from the local Faculty and international Faculty, with 54 participants attending either in person or remotely. 

The following people were in attendance:

  • Mr. Alhassan Wathela, University of Cape Town
  • Dr. An Fangxia, University of the Western Cape
  • Prof. Bassett Bruce, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • Prof. Bershady Matthew, South African Astronomical Observatory
  • Dr. Brienza Marisa, Istituto di Radioastronomia of INAF
  • Mr. Burger Becker, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr. Camilo Fernando, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Dr. Collier Jordan, Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy
  • Prof. Cress Catherine, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Damas-Segovia Ancor, Instituto de Astrofísica de Angalucía – CSIC
  • Prof. Deane Roger, University of Pretoria
  • Dr. Delhaize Jacinta, University of Cape Town
  • Mr. Diretse Reikantseone, University of Cape Town
  • Dr. El Bouchefry Khadija, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Dr. Elson Ed, University of the Western Cape
  • Mr. Engelbrecht Brandon, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Foley Anthony, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Dr. Ghosh Abhik, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Glowacki Marcin, Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy
  • Prof. Groot Paul, University of Cape Town
  • Ms. Khanye Nthabiseng, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Dr. Knowles Kenda, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Mr. Legodi Sam, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Prof. Lerothodi Leeuw, University of South Africa
  • Dr. Li Yi-Chao, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Lochner Michelle, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
  • Ms. Madhanpall Nikhita, University of the Western Cape
  • Mr. Malefahlo Eliab, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Marchetti Lucia, University of Cape Town
  • Mr. Marc Harris, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. McAlpine Kim, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Mr. Mdhluli Sibusiso, University of the Western Cape
  • Mr. Mofokeng Chaka, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Parekh Viral, Rhodes University
  • Dr. Paul Sourabh, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Prandoni Isabella, Istituto di Radioastronomia of INAF
  • Dr. Prescott Matt, University of the Western Cape
  • Ms. Ramburuth-Hurt Tanita , University of the Witwatersrand
  • Dr. Ramphul Rajin, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Dr. Randriamampandry Solohery, South African Astronomical Observatory
  • Ms. Sánchez Expósito Susana, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía – CSIC
  • Prof. Santos Mario, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Schröder Anja, South African Astronomical Observatory
  • Dr. Sekhar Srikrishna, Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy
  • Mr. Sihlangu Isaac, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Ms. Sikhosana Sinenhlanhla, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Mr. Smith Jeremy, Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy
  • Prof. Taylor Russ, Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy
  • Ms. Thomas Nicole, University of the Western Cape
  • Mr. Thwala Siphiwe, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Mr. Tladi Modisha, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. Vaccari Mattia, University of the Western Cape
  • Dr. White Sarah, Rhodes University
  • Dr. Whittam Imogen, University of the Western Cape