NuSTAR Proposals and Tools
While NuSTAR was initially approved by NASA as a 2-year Principal Investigator-led (PI-led) mission, NuSTAR has now been approved to continue operations through 2018 (subject to review by the 2016 NASA Astrophysics Senior Review of Operating Missions) and to have a dedicated Guest Observer (GO) Program. There are several opportunities for guest observers in the general scientific community to propose for NuSTAR observations.
Additional opportunities to propose for NuSTAR time:
Starting in 2014, NuSTAR solicits guest observer proposals from the general scientific community. The first cycle call for proposals was released on August 26th, 2014. Here are key dates for the current NuSTAR cycle.
For more information, see the the guide for NuSTAR cycle 1 proposers.
Currently NuSTAR and XMM-Newton have an arrangement which makes available joint observing time for both observatories. This resource allows observers to combine the powers of both observatories to bear on their scientific problems. This resource is extremely limited, so proposers should be sure to describe how their proposed observations exploite the unique capabilities of both observatories. Proposals for this observation time go through the XMM proposal process.
Chandra calls for proposals.
The NuSTAR project has developed tools and documentation to help potential proposers.
NuSTAR Observatory Guide: The NuSTAR team has developed a document which describes the technical capabilities, concept of operation and key information for proposers. Download the current version NuSTAR Observatory Guide (6.9 MB pdf file) (released August 26, 2014).
Count Rate and Spectral Simulations: The standard HEASARC count rate and spectral simulations tools, WebPIMMS and WebSpec, are available for NuSTAR simulations. WebSpec was updated on March 5, 2014 to include the most recent NuSTAR responses and background files. The NuSTAR responses and background files can also be downloaded directly from the Caltech SOC web site and used to simulate spectra in spectral analysis software such as XSPEC. See Section 4.7 of the NuSTAR Observatory Guide for a detailed discussion of how to simulate NuSTAR spectra using XSPEC.
Other issues which proposers should take under consideration are: