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WSO-UV and the Joint Center for Ultraviolet Astronomy


WSO-UV and the Joint Center for Ultraviolet Astronomy

The Joint Center for Ultraviolet Astronomy (JCUVA) has been created in 2017 to support the scientific global community in the use of the World Space Observatory - Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) telescope, that will succeed Hubble and the only one that will observe in the ultraviolet range in the 2023-2030 period. The 27th of October, 2017, the official inauguration took place at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) with the presence of the Russian team, who are the main partner of the mission, the Spanish team as well as the Russian ambassador to Spain, Yuri Korchagin, the rector of the UCM, Carlos Andradas, and the dean of the Faculty of Statistics (where JCUVA center is hosted), Carmen Nieto Zayas. The inauguration was preceed by a two-day WSO-UV workshop where it was announced that the Core Program Call will be released in 2018.

As potential partners for WSO-UV, Mexico and Japan were also represented at the workshop. Mexican collaboration would focus on computational models for the MCP detectors, whereas the Japanese group support two new instruments for the telescope: a coronograph and a spectrograph, both of them devoted to the study of exoplanets. It is expected that the possible participation of these groups will be set after the Preliminary Design Review meeting (Spring-Summer, 2018).

Concerning the scientific policies for WSO-UV, one of the main points is that the proposals for the Core Program must be leaded by a researcher belonging to a Russian or Spanish institution in the consortium, but mixed groups will have priority. This restriction aims to encourage international collaborations. More detailed information about all the requirements and the regulations for the panels selection will be published in due time in the WSO-UV web.

The presentations of the workshop are available at jcuva web page.