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Polarimetric analysis of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) for modeling instrumental polarization characteristics
Author(s): Jenny Atwood; Warren Skidmore; G. C. Anupama; Ramya M. Anche; Krishna Reddy; Asoke Sen
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Paper Abstract

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will be called upon to support a polarimetric observing capability. Many different observing programs covering a range of different science areas are being considered for the TMT and a model of the overall polarization characteristics is being developed. The instrument development program will provide a means for polarimetric instruments to be developed, however the telescope itself and the AO system must be able to support polarimetric instruments. As a first step to defining the necessary polarimetric technical requirements we have created an international working group to carry out a study in which technical and cost implications will be balanced with scientific impact; new requirements will be generated with supporting science cases. We present here initial results of the instrumental polarization sensitivity of TMT with NFIRAOS, the first-light adaptive optics system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9150, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 915013 (4 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056965
Show Author Affiliations
Jenny Atwood, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Warren Skidmore, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corp. (United States)
G. C. Anupama, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
Ramya M. Anche, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (India)
Krishna Reddy, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (India)
Asoke Sen, Assam Univ. (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9150:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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