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The infrared imaging spectrograph (IRIS) for TMT: overview of innovative science programs

Wright, Shelley A. and Larkin, James E. and Moore, Anna M. and Do, Tuan and Simard, Luc and Ádámkovics, Máté and Armus, Lee and Barth, Aaron J. and Barton, Elizabeth J. and Boyce, Hope and Cooke, Jeffrey and Côté, Patrick and Davidge, Timothy and Ellerbroek, Brent and Ghez, Andrea M. and Liu, Michael C. and Lu, Jessica R. and Macintosh, Bruce and Mao, Shude and Marois, Christian and Schoeck, Mathias and Suzuki, Ryuji and Tan, Jonathan C. and Treu, Tommaso and Wang, Lianqi and Weiss, Jason (2014) The infrared imaging spectrograph (IRIS) for TMT: overview of innovative science programs. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9147. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, Washington, Art. No. 91479S. ISBN 978-0-8194-9615-7.

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IRIS (InfraRed Imaging Spectrograph) is a first light near-infrared diffraction limited imager and integral field spectrograph being designed for the future Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). IRIS is optimized to perform astronomical studies across a significant fraction of cosmic time, from our Solar System to distant newly formed galaxies (Barton et al. [1]). We present a selection of the innovative science cases that are unique to IRIS in the era of upcoming space and ground-based telescopes. We focus on integral field spectroscopy of directly imaged exoplanet atmospheres, probing fundamental physics in the Galactic Center, measuring 10^4 to 10^(10) M_⊙ supermassive black hole masses, resolved spectroscopy of young star-forming galaxies (1 < z < 5) and first light galaxies (6 < z < 12), and resolved spectroscopy of strong gravitational lensed sources to measure dark matter substructure. For each of these science cases we use the IRIS simulator (Wright et al. [2], Do et al. [3]) to explore IRIS capabilities. To highlight the unique IRIS capabilities, we also update the point and resolved source sensitivities for the integral field spectrograph (IFS) in all five broadband filters (Z, Y, J, H, K) for the finest spatial scale of 0.004" per spaxel. We briefly discuss future development plans for the data reduction pipeline and quicklook software for the IRIS instrument suite.

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Treu, Tommaso0000-0002-8460-0390
Additional Information:© 2014 SPIE. The TMT Project gratefully acknowledges the support of the TMT collaborating institutions. They are the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of China and their consortium partners, and the Department of Science and Technology of India and their supported institutes. 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), the U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan.
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Ontario Ministry of Research and InnovationUNSPECIFIED
National Research Council of CanadaUNSPECIFIED
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Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)UNSPECIFIED
National Institutes of Natural Sciences of JapanUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Infrared Imaging; Infrared Spectroscopy; Integral Field Spectrographs; Adaptive Optics, Data Simulator; Giant Segmented Mirror Telescopes
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9147
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Official Citation:Shelley A. Wright ; James E. Larkin ; Anna M. Moore ; Tuan Do ; Luc Simard, et al. "The infrared imaging spectrograph (IRIS) for TMT: overview of innovative science programs", Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91479S (July 28, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2055599
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