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The instrumentation program for the Thirty Meter Telescope
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. Science cases and operational concepts as well as their links to the instruments are continually revisited and updated through a series of workshops and conferences. Work on the three first-light instruments (WFOS IRIS, and IRMS) has made significant progress, and many groups in TMT partner communities are developing future instrument concepts. Other instrument-related subsystems are also receiving considerable attention given their importance to the scientific end-to-end performance of the Observatory. As an example, we describe aspects of the facility instrument cooling system that are crucially important to successful diffraction-limited observations on an extremely large telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84461F (5 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930500
Show Author Affiliations
Luc Simard, Thirty Meter Telescope Project (United Kingdom)
Hertzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
David Crampton, Hertzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
Brent Ellerbroek, Thirty Meter Telescope Project (United States)
Corinne Boyer, Thirty Meter Telescope Project (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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