The Instrumentation Program for the Thirty Meter Telescope

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Simard, Luc ; Crampton, David ; Ellerbroek, Brent ; Boyer, Corinne (2012)
  • Publisher: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

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.
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