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The status of the Thirty Meter Telescope project
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Paper Abstract

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project will design and build a thirty-meter diameter telescope for research in astronomy at optical and infrared wavelengths. TMT is a partnership between the University of California, Caltech, and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA). The $80 million TMT design and development phase is fully funded and Preliminary Design is in progress. An additional $300 million has been pledged towards early TMT construction which will commence in 2009. We include a high level description of the design of the telescope and its planned adaptive optics and science instrumentation. The schedule of key milestones for completing the design and construction is summarized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2008
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 70121A (17 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788238
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Jerry Nelson, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Gary H. Sanders, TMT Project (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7012:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi, Editor(s)

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