CFHT's scientific staff
is composed of resident
and staff astronomers, visiting astronomers, and remote observers. The
science staff is involved in several of the scientific activities
ongoing at CFHT.
Daily Science Activities
The main scientific activity at CFHT consists of the execution of observations for the accepted
science programs. This is done via Queue Scheduled Observing (QSO)
Three instruments are available in the QSO mode.
a wide 1 degree filed 0.18" pixels imager.
- WIRCam, a wide-field infrared
camera (20'x20', 0.3" pixels)
- ESPaDOnS, an Echelle
SpectroPolarimetric Device for high resolution spectroscopy and
-The science staff also participates in classical observations at CFHT using
which are not offered in QSO mode.
- Scientific results
Important results obtained from CFHT data are often covered in the News. Please visit the News
section for our
- CFHT data archive at CADC.
Observations obtained with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope from
February 1990 to the present are archived at the CADC
The CFHT archive at CADC allows searches by observation meta-data, such
as object name and run ID, and presents the results of the search in
a tabular format. Users can request and receive archival data and, for
some imaging data, previews of CFHT data.
Instrument development is also done at CFHT. Currently, several instruments are being
considered for future use or currently developed.
- IMAKA, a high resolution wide field imager.
- SPIROU, an infrared high resolution spectropolarimeter.
- SITELLE, a spectro-imager with a 12' field of view.
- OHANA is the optical Hawaiian Array for Nanoradian
Astronomy project and its sister project OHANA Iki.
The science staff also participates in the development and maintenance
of the different data reduction pipelines at CFHT in collaboration with the
- Elixir, the data reduction pipeline for MegaCam.
- Upena, the pipeline for Espadons
- Iiwi`, the pipeline for Wircam.
The science staff also participates in the Observatory Automation Project (OAP)
CFHT astronomers conduct their own science projects and
publish research papers.
A few astronomers have written articles on various astronomical topics
for the general public in the local North Hawaii News weekly magazine.
CFHT's astronomers organize and attend seminars
presented on a semi-regular basis.
CFHT's library is a great source of information
that includes a database of
International Astronomy meetings and a
core list of Astronomy books, both compiled by our librarian. CFHT's
Information Bulletins, important information on
working at high altitude, and much more are also available.