Scientific Rationale

    As a zenith telescope the 4-m ILMT will carry out a deep survey and high S/N photometric and astrometric observations of the solar system, galactic and extragalactic objects within a narrow (27’) strip of sky, covering a total of ~156 square degrees sky field during its intended operational period of 5 years. Among several possible science cases, the optical survey will facilitate the detection of fainter and distant objects such as quasars, galaxies and supernovae, whereas in the low galactic latitudes predominant milky way stars will be visible. Hence, various research works concerning galactic as well as extra-galactic astrophysics as well as space debris study can be accomplished.

    The ILMT is in its final stage of construction on the ARIES site in Devasthal (Uttarakhand, India) and expected to get its first light at the end of this year. Therefore, to be best prepared to utilize the optical survey, this workshop will focus on exploring possible science cases, efficient data handling techniques and establishing a collaboration among astronomers from India, Belgium, Canada and Poland. Interested participants/groups proposing a science case with respect to the ILMT survey will have the opportunity to present their projects with talks. A significant time for broad discussion among possible interested collaborators will also be allocated. Each relevant proposal will also benefit from the support of the existing ILMT working group on the scientific and technical aspects to solve any potential critical issues that may emerge at an advanced stage of the proposed projects.

    This workshop will be hosted online on Zoom platform from 29th June 2020. The login credentials along with the final schedule will be intimated to the participants earlier to the commencing date. For more information on the ILMT project, refer to the following articles ;

    The International Liquid Mirror Telescope
    Supernovae study: Context of the 4-m ILMT facility
    Size estimation of orbital debris using a zenith-pointing telescope
    The 4-m International Liquid Mirror Telescope

Scientific Organizing Committee

● Jean Surdej (Co-Chair)
● Kuntal Misra (Co-Chair)
● Brijesh Kumar
● Peter De Cat
● Hum Chand

Dates and Deadlines

26/05:     Call for Abstracts

26/06:      Abstract submission closed

26/06:     Schedule announcement

29/06:     Workshop opens


Schedule pdf file

Talk Details

Speaker(s) Title Download links

DAY 1, 29th JUNE 2020

Jean Surdej An introduction to ILMT video pdf
Paul Hickson History of liquid mirror telescopes and lessons learned video pdf
Hum Chand Updates on ILMT data reduc- tion pipeline and data sharing strategy video pdf
Przemyslaw Bartczak / Talat Akhunov First steps of TDI image processing procedures video ppt
Kaushal Sharma What Artificial Intelligence can offer for ILMT Survey Mission? video pdf
Peter De Cat Prospects of pulsating stars studies with ILMT video pdf
Michaël De Becker Observations of massive stars with the ILMT: what can we learn from variability studies using the ILMT? video  pdf
Jeewan C. Pandey Stellar variability studies with ILMT video ppt
Vishal Joshi Possible studies of Cataclysmic Variable in quiescence & Nova with ILMT video

DAY 2, 30th JUNE 2020

Ashish Mahabal Finding and classifying tran- sients in surveys video pdf
Stefano Valenti The distance less than 40 Mpc (DLT40) Supernova search video pdf
Brijesh Kumar Synergies of ILMT with 3.6m DOT in context of astrophysical transients video pdf
Brajesh Kumar / Shashi B. Pandey Detection limits using 4.0m ILMT and orphan afterglows of GRBs + Supernova detection rate with the 4-m ILMT facility and implications video pdf
Lekhsmi Resmi / Kuntal Misra Probing exotic stellar death using ILMT video
C. S. Stalin Quasar variability and prospects with ILMT video
Anupreeta More / Jean Surdej Gravitational lensing studies with the ILMT video1 video2 pdf1 key2
Yogesh Joshi / Surhud More Microlensing surveys towards M31 and legacy microlensing survey for the ILMT video   pdf1 pdf2
Valery Zhdanov Some problems of monitoring microlensing processes video pdf

DAY 3, 01st JULY 2020

Francisco Főrster Burón The Universe in a stream: from HiTS to ALeRCE video  pdf
Paul Hickson Novel science programs with the ILMT video pdf
Amitesh Omar Intracluster light and associated hostless supernovae Ia in galaxy clusters and groups video   pdf
Amit Kumar Astrometric calibration of ILMT fields: selection of calibrators and applications video  pdf
Neelam Panwar/ Saurabh Sharma/ Snehlata Study of variable stars in star clusters with ILMT video pdf
Ramakant Singh Yadav High proper motion objects with ILMT video pdf
Bikram Pradhan / Sowmitra CVSS Space debris detection with ILMT: opportunity and perspective video pdf
T. S. Kumar Manipulation of CCD controller to achieve different modes of operation video
Open Discussion video pdf
Ram Sagar / Jean Surdej / Dipankar Banerjee Conculding Remarks video

Participants & Speakers

Name Affiliation Speaker
Aditi Agarwal RRI  
Agnieszka Kryszczyńska Poznań Observatory, Poland  
Akanksha Khandelwal PRL  
Alikhan Basheer IIA  
Amar Aryan ARIES  
Amit Kumar Mandal IIA
Amitesh Omar ARIES
Ananda Hota UM-DAE CEBS & RAD@home
Anil Kumar Kodali ANRC
Anjasha Gangopadhyay ARIES
Ankur Ghosh ARIES  
Anna Pospieszalska ULg, Belgium  
Anupama GC IIA  
Anupreeta More IUCAA
Aru Beri IISER Mohali
Ashish Mahabal CalTech & IUCAA
Awakash Dixit IIT Madras
Bari Maqbool IUCAA
Bhavya ARIES
Bikram Pradhan ARIES
Brajesh Kumar IIA
Brijesh Kumar ARIES
Chenna Reddy Kammadhanam Osmania University
Chetana Jain DU
Deborshi Chakraborty IISER Kolkata
Devendra Kumar Sahu IIA
Dimple ARIES  
Dipankar Banerjee ARIES
Ebenezer Cellasamy Edwin IIA  
Francisco Főrster Burón CMM, University of Chile
Geetanjali Sethi St. Stephen’s College  
Girish V. ISRO  
Hari Om Vats SERF  
Haritma Gaur ARIES  
Henri Reboul Montpellier University, France  
Hum Chand CUHP
Indranil Chattopadhyay ARIES
Indulekha Kavila MGU
Jean Surdej ULg, Belgium
Jeewan C. Pandey ARIES
Joschua Hellemeier UBC, Canada
Jyoti IIA
Kaushal Sharma IUCAA
Kiran Arun Wani ARIES
Krishna Kumar Kowshik MPBIFR
Kuntal Misra ARIES
Ma Bin UBC Canada
Margarita Safonova IIA
Michaël De Becker ULg, Belgium
Monmoyuri Baruah ADBU
Mukesh Kumar Jaiswar ARIES
Nand Kumar Chakradhari Pt. RSU
Narendra Singh ARIES
Navin Chaurasiya IUCAA
Neelam Panwar ARIES
Nicolas Mauron Montpellier University, France
Nikita Rawat ARIES
P. Sreekumar ISRO
Padmakar Singh Parihar IIA
Pankaj Kushwaha ARIES
Partha Pratim Deka IUCAA
Parveen Kumar PRL
Paul Hickson UBC, Canada
Peter De Cat ROB, Belgium
Prachi Prajapati PRL
Prince Sharma DU
Priya Hasan MANUU
Priyanka Parshuram Gawade IUCAA
Przemyslaw Bartczak Poznań Observatory, Poland
Rahul Gupta ARIES
Rakesh Chandra Narwa Aurora's Engineering College
Ram Sagar IIA
Ramakant Singh Yadav ARIES
Ramya Sethuram IIA
Ravi Raja Pothuneni Osmania University
Raya Dastidar ARIES
Resmi Lekshmi IIST
Sabyasachi Pal Midnapur City College
Sachin Kaothekar Mahakal Institute of Technology and Management
Safiqul Islam St. Theresa International College
Saloni Bhatiani University of Oklahoma, USA
Sandeep Kumar Kataria IIA
Santosh Joshi ARIES
Sapna Mishra ARIES
Saurabh Sharma ARIES
Shalima Puthiyaveettil Manipal academy of higher education
Shashi B. Pandey ARIES
Shashikiran Ganesh PRL
Shilpa Sarkar ARIES
Shrutika Tiwari Pt. RSU
Shuvoshree patra Vidyasagar University
Smitha Subramanian IIA
Snehlata ARIES
Soumen Mondal SNBNCBS
Soumyaranjan Dash" IISER Kolkata
Sowmitra C.V.S.S. ISRO
Sridharan Director Rengaswamy IIA
Stalin C.S. IIA
Stefano Valenti UC Davis, USA
Subhash Chandra Kaushiki Government PG Autonomous College Datia
Suchandra Roy Vidyasagar University
Sujatha Sreeramulu MPBIFR
Suprit Singh University of New Brunswick Fredericton, Canada
Surhud More IUCAA
Susmita Das DU
Suzanne Tremblay UBC, Canada
T. S. Kumar ARIES
Talat Akhunov National University of Uzbekistan
Tarun Bangia ARIES
Valery Zhdanov University in Kiev, Ukraine
Vandana Batra DU
Vibhore Negi ARIES
Vijayakumar Honnappa Doddamani Bangalore University
Vikrant V. Jadhav IIA
Vinit Dhiman ARIES
Vishal Joshi PRL
Vivek Kumar Jha ARIES
Wahab Uddin ARIES
Xinyu Dai University of Oklahoma, USA
Yogesh Joshi ARIES

Abstracts of the Talks


Partnering Institutes/Network

● Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), India
● Space Sciences, Technologies and Astrophysics Research Institute (STAR, Liège University), Belgium
● Belgo-Indian Network for Astronomy and Astrophysics (BINA)
● Canadian astronomical institutes from
  ○ The University of British Columbia
  ○ Université Laval,
  ○ University of Montreal
  ○ University of Toronto
  ○ York University
  ○ University of Victoria
● Observatory of Poznań (UAM, Poland)