Simard, Luc and Crampton, David and Ellerbroek, Brent and Boyer, Corinne (2010) The TMT Instrumentation Program. In: Ground-based and airborne instrumentation for astronomy III. Proceedings of SPIE (7735). Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 773523. ISBN 978-0-81948-225-9 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20110315-150521771
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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 telescope-adaptive 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.
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|Additional Information:||© 2010 SPIE. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the TMT partner institutions. They are the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. This work was supported as well by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the National Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and the U.S. National Science Foundation.|
|Subject Keywords:||Extremely large telescopes; adaptive optics; science instruments; observation planning|
|Official Citation:||Luc Simard, David Crampton, Brent Ellerbroek and Corinne Boyer, "The TMT instrumentation program", Proc. SPIE 7735, 773523 (2010); doi:10.1117/12.857187|
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|Deposited By:||Tony Diaz|
|Deposited On:||16 Mar 2011 22:38|
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