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Instrumentation progress at the Giant Magellan Telescope project
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Paper Abstract

Instrument development for the 24m Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is described: current activities, progress, status, and schedule. One instrument team has completed its preliminary design and is currently beginning its final design (GCLEF, an optical 350-950 nm, high-resolution and precision radial velocity echelle spectrograph). A second instrument team is in its conceptual design phase (GMACS, an optical 350-950 nm, medium resolution, 6-10 arcmin field, multi-object spectrograph). A third instrument team is midway through its preliminary design phase (GMTIFS, a near-IR YJHK diffraction-limited imager/integral-field-spectrograph), focused on risk reduction prototyping and design optimization. A fourth instrument team is currently fabricating the 5 silicon immersion gratings needed to begin its preliminary design phase (GMTNIRS, a simultaneous JHKLM high-resolution, AO-fed, echelle spectrograph). And, another instrument team is focusing on technical development and prototyping (MANIFEST, a facility robotic, multifiber feed, with a 20 arcmin field of view). In addition, a medium-field (6 arcmin, 0.06 arcsec/pix) optical imager will support telescope and AO commissioning activities, and will excel at narrow-band imaging. In the spirit of advancing synergies with other groups, the challenges of running an ELT instrument program and opportunities for cross-ELT collaborations are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99081U (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232809
Show Author Affiliations
George H. Jacoby, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Carnegie Observatories (United States)
R. Bernstein, GMTO Corp. (United States)
Carnegie Observatories (United States)
A. Bouchez, GMTO Corp. (United States)
M Colless, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Jeff Crane, Carnegie Observatories (United States)
D. DePoy, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
B. Espeland, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Tyson Hare, Carnegie Observatories (United States)
D. Jaffe, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
J. Lawrence, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
J. Marshall, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
P. McGregor, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Stephen Shectman, Carnegie Observatories (United States)
R. Sharp, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
A. Szentgyorgyi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Alan Uomoto, Carnegie Observatories (United States)
B. Walls, GMTO Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9908:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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