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The TMT instrumentation program
Author(s): Luc Simard; David Crampton; Brent Ellerbroek; Corinne Boyer
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Paper Abstract

An overview of the current status of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) instrumentation program is presented. Conceptual designs for the three first light instruments (IRIS, WFOS and IRMS) are in progress, as well as feasibility studies of MIRES. Considerable effort is underway to understand the end-to-end performance of the complete telescopeadaptive optics-instrument system under realistic conditions on Mauna Kea. Highly efficient operation is being designed into the TMT system, based on a detailed investigation of the observation workflow to ensure very fast target acquisition and set up of all subsystems. Future TMT instruments will almost certainly involve contributions from institutions in many different locations in North America and partner nations. Coordinating and optimizing the design and construction of the instruments to ensure delivery of the best possible scientific capabilities is an interesting challenge. TMT welcomes involvement from all interested instrument teams.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 773523 (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857187
Show Author Affiliations
Luc Simard, Thirty Meter Telescope Project (United States)
National Research Council Canada (Canada)
David Crampton, Thirty Meter Telescope Project (United States)
National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Brent Ellerbroek, Thirty Meter Telescope Project (United States)
Corinne Boyer, Thirty Meter Telescope Project (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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