Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Alfred Krabbe

Barbara Klett

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Keilig

Deputy SMO Director (Kalifornien)

Standortleiter AFRC & SOFIA Teleskop Manager
Dipl.-Ing. Michael Hütwohl

Standortleiter ARC & und Facility Scientist
Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Wolf

Technology Advisor
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wagner

Bildungs- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Dr. rer. nat. Dörte Mehlert

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SOFIA Cycle 2 German TAC Results

TAC results of SOFIA German Cycle 2 proposals

The SOFIA German Cycle 2 call for proposals (deadline June 29, 2013) generated 22 proposals. The SOFIA Time Allocation Committee (TAC) met at DSI/Univ. Stuttgart on September 17 and 18 to evaluate and rank the proposals by scientific merit.

The committee had the following members:

  • Prof. Dr. Dietrich Lemke, Chair (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg)
  • Priv. Doz. Dr. Dominik J. Bomans (Ruhr-University Bochum)
  • Prof. Dr. Artie P. Hatzes (Thüringer Landessternwarte, Tautenburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Francesco Palla (Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Florence, Italy)
  • Dr. Ralf Siebenmorgen (ESO, Garching)
  • Prof. Dr. Marco Spaans (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Prof. Dr. Harold W. Yorke (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California)

The proposals have been ranked into 5 categories:

  • category A (MUST DO)
  • category B (SHOULD DO)
  • category C (DO IF TIME)
  • category D (FILLER)
  • category E (DON'T DO)

Below, we present 3 tables for category A,B and C. The total open time available for the German community is about 42 hours, including a few hours for FIFI-LS science verification.

Table 1 (category A proposals)


PI Institution Title Instrument Hours
Schlemmer Univ. zu Köln Observing para-H2D+ absorption towards Serpens SMM1 GREAT 3.5
Menten MPIfR, Bonn Far-Infrared Spectroscopy of OH in Three Prototypical Circumstellar Envelopes GREAT 4
Ossenkopf Univ. zu Köln CII mapping of hot gas in S140 GREAT 1
Ragan MPIA, Heidelberg Probing for large scale infall along an IRDC filament GREAT 2
Caratti o Garatti MPIfR, Bonn Investigating atomic jets in high-mass YSOs FIFI-LS 1
Ragan MPIA, Heidelberg FIFI-LS Observations of Coolants in IRDCs FIFI-LS 2


Table 2 (category B proposals)


PI Institution Title Instrument Hours
Sandstrom MPIA, Heidelberg Spectrally Resolved [CII] Emission in M31: The Origin of [CII] from Metal-Rich Star-Forming Galaxies GREAT 3.3
Eisloeffel TLS, Tautenburg The origin of the warm gas in the low-mass L1448 outflow GREAT 4
Wyrowski MPIfR, Bonn Probing high-J CO through the evolution of high-mass star forming clumps GREAT 4
Huber Univ. Hamburg, Sternwarte Do starspots inflate the exoplanet CoRoT-2b? FLIPO 3.3
Cormier Univ. Heidelberg Disentangling the ISM phases of the nearby low-metallicity dwarf galaxy NGC4214 using velocity-resolved [CII] GREAT 4
Wiesemeyer MPIfR, Bonn Exploratory search for a new, strong HCN laser in two carbon stars GREAT 3


Table 3 (category C proposals)


PI Institution Title Instrument Hours
Graf Univ. zu Köln Spatial variation of the strong [CII] self-absorption towards NGC 2024 GREAT 1.5
Schindler DSI, Univ. Stuttgart Spectroscopy of JVI Himalia for detection and characterization of the 3 um water band FLITECAM 2.2
Dreyer DLR, Berlin Transit spectrophotometry of the Super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b with FLIPO FLIPO 2
Roellig Univ. zu Köln Mapping hot CO in DR21-C GREAT 1
Ossenkopf Univ. zu Köln Spectrally resolved OH line emission in Orion GREAT 2
Caratti o Garatti MPIfR, Bonn Probing H2 jets from high-mass YSOs FORCAST  0.6


Thank you very much for your interest in SOFIA observations.

Dr. Hans Zinnecker
SOFIA SMO deputy director & German SOFIA proposals selection official