Please register here for the next AMLIGHT SAACC Meeting – October 19, 2017, Santiago, Chile.


Given the extensive use of AmLight-ExP by the astronomical community, the AmLight-ExP PI will convene a South American Astronomy Coordination Committee (SAACC) that will be comprised of representatives from the various astronomy projects who are conducting projects or operating observatories in South America. The chair of the SAACC will be Dr. R. Chris Smith, director of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and head of mission for AURA Observatory in Chile, which provides oversight of the Chilean activities of CTIO, Gemini, SOAR, and LSST. The SAACC will serve not only to provide input and advice to the AmLight-ExP PI and the AmLight Consortium on program and network needs, but will also serve as a venue for coordinating the needs of these astronomical projects and institutions to improve their resource planning and implementation of operational connections between these distant facilities and users in the continental US.

Important Scientific and Engineering Subject Areas

A number of wide-scale international collaborations utilize the enhanced connectivity provided by AmLight including the Large Hadron Collider and the major astronomy collaborations using observatories in Chile. Over 40 collaborations that include participants from the Americas are funded directly by the National Science Foundation and encompass disciplines such as physics, environmental science, oceanography, climate change, astronomy and other scientific endeavors. AmLight is the foundational infrastructure that supports $80,000,000 of NSF funding. In addition to NSF-funded researchers, other federally-funded researchers also use the connectivity including those funded by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy (DOE), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Need for Access to Collaborating Countries

Saacc Reunion 2013Analysis of over 50 unique applications that either currently use or plan to use AmLight infrastructure underscores its critical importance. Most of the research projects are headquartered in the United States and involve collaborations with researchers and instruments/observatories in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Picture: SAACC meeting 2013

Scientific and Engineering Communities that Utilize AmLight