BASIC INSTRUCTIONS

Utilizing ARK, the Astrophysics Research Knowledgebase, a service of NASA's High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center, RPS provides a facility for filling out the Request for Observation form for Fermi Targets of Opportunity (TOOs). Electronic submission of the form is required.

Please read the description of Fermi TOOs before submitting a TOO request.

In order to access the Fermi TOO request web form, you must first create an ARK account and/or join the FERMITOO group.

If you already have an ARK account, login first and select "Join Group" from the menu next to "Fermi Target of Opportunity RPS (FERMITOO)" and then click on the Submit Changes button.

If you do not already have an ARK account, enter your e-mail address in the input field provided and click on the checkbox next to "Fermi Target of Opportunity Request for Observation (FERMITOO)" and then click on the Join ARK button. Check your e-mail and click on the activation code found therein. Fill out the ARK registration form and submit.

Next, proceed to the Fermi Target of Opportunity Request for Observation web form and fill out the form as directed below. Click the Verify button to make sure you have entered the form information correctly. Once the form verifies successfully, a Submit button will appear, allowing you to you to submit the proposal to RPS.

After clicking on the Submit button, go to your Recent Activity page. Summary information for the proposal that you just submitted should be listed here. If it is, then you have successfully completed the submission of your Fermi TOO request.

Note: After submission, ARK has the capability to Modify or Discard proposals using the appropriate buttons on the Recent Activity page. However, you should be aware that discarding your Fermi TOO proposal in ARK really has no effect. In order for the TOO requests to be responded to in a timely fashion, the TOO request is sent to the Fermi Science Support Center's TOO system immediately upon submission. Similarly, modifying your TOO proposal in ARK does not modify the TOO request in the Fermi TOO system. Indeed, modifying an already submitted proposal in ARK will actually result in sending an additional request to the Fermi TOO system. Any modifications to a TOO request should be communicated directly to the Fermi Science Support Center.

Additional information on how to use RPS and the answers to some frequently asked questions can be found on the RPS Quick Help page.

Short descriptions of the forms and fields are below. The fields are listed in the same order as found on the web page. The labels for the fields in the web form will link to the appropriate field description below.


Request Form

The form contains fields for specifying the type of request, the justification for the TOO, its urgency, and your personal details (name, address, telephone number, etc.).

Urgency of Alerting FSSC Staff

Specify how quickly FSSC staff members are to be alerted to the TOO request. Please do not select a higher level of urgency than is required. The "Next Business Day" and "Next Day" options will alert the FSSC staff immediately during normal working hours. Required.

Justification for TOO

800 characters maximum. Your justification for observing the target of opportunity at this time. Required.

Additional Proprietary Information

Any additional information that you do not want shared with the public. 500 characters maximum.

Principal Investigator Title

Your title (Dr., Ms., Mr., Prof.). The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

First Name

Your first name. Up to 30 characters are allowed. Required. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Middle Name or Initial

If you like, you may add your middle name or initial(s). Optional. Up to 30 characters are allowed. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Last Name

Your last name (surname). Up to 30 characters are allowed. Required. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Department

The name of your department at your institution. Up to 60 characters are allowed. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Institution

Your institutional affiliation. Required. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Address 1

The first line of your institution's address, e.g., the street name, any number within it, etc. Up to 60 characters. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Address 2

The second line of your institution's address, if needed. Up to 60 characters. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to submission.

City/Town

Your city or town. Up to 30 characters. Required. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

State/Province

The name of the state/province/prefecture in which your institution is located. Up to 30 characters. Required. For states in the U.S., please use USPS-standard, two-letter abbreviations. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Zip/Postal Code

The postal code, ZIP code, or equivalent of your institution. Up to 10 characters. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Country

The name of the country in which your institution is located. Required. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission. If your country is not listed, please contact the RPS Help Desk.

Telephone Number

Your telephone number, plus any extension. Please include the international prefix if appropriate. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

Fax Number

Your fax number, if available. 24 characters allowed. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.

E-mail Address

Your e-mail address. Up to 60 characters. Required. An e-mail receipt will be sent to this address within 24 hours of the electronic submission of your proposal, if the e-mail receipt option is checked in your ARK user profile. The value for this field comes from your ARK user profile. If it is incorrect, update your ARK user profile prior to proposal submission.


Target Form

This form contains the details of how the Target of Opportunity should be observed.

Target Name

The commonly accepted name for the object. Up to 20 characters. Required. Please use standard names for known targets (e.g., NGC 2237 or Eta Car).

R.A.

The right ascension of the source in J2000 decimal degrees. The value must be given in the format DDD.DDDD.

Dec.

The declination of the source in J2000 decimal degrees. The value must be given in the format #DD.DDDD, where # is an optional sign, either + or -. If no sign is given it will be assumed to be positive. Required.

Observing Time

Specify the amount of time that the target should be observed in kiloseconds. Required.

Autonomous Repoints

Specify whether autonomous repoints should be enabled (default) or disabled for the observation of the Target of Opportunity. A change from the default must be justified. Required.

Constraints

If you would like to specify any constraints on triggering the observation of the Target of Opportunity, elaborate in the space provided (up to 200 characters). Optional.

Other Details

If you would like to specify any other details regarding how the Target of Opportunity should be observed, elaborate in the space provided (up to 200 characters). Optional.