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Thirty Meter Telescope science instruments: a status report

Simard, Luc and Ellerbroek, Brent and Bhatia, Ravinder and Radovan, Matthew and Chisholm, Eric (2016) Thirty Meter Telescope science instruments: a status report. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9908. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 99081V. ISBN 9781510601956. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20170216-133316096

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Abstract

An overview of the current status of the science instruments for the Thirty Meter Telescope is presented. Three first-light instruments as well as a science calibration unit for AO-assisted instruments are under development. Developing instrument collaborations that can design and build these challenging instruments remains an area of intense activity. In addition to the instruments themselves, a preliminary design for a facility cryogenic cooling system based on gaseous helium turbine expanders has been completed. This system can deliver a total of 2.4 kilowatts of cooling power at 65K to the instruments with essentially no vibrations. Finally, the process for developing future instruments beyond first light has been extensively discussed and will get under way in early 2017.


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Additional Information:© 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The TMT Project gratefully acknowledges the support of the TMT collaborating institutions. They are 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, the Department of Science and Technology of India and their supported institutes, and the National Research Council of Canada. 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 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), the U.S. National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, and the Department of Atomic Energy of India.
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Official Citation:Luc Simard ; Brent Ellerbroek ; Ravinder Bhatia ; Matthew Radovan and Eric Chisholm " Thirty Meter Telescope science instruments: a status report ", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99081V (August 9, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2234058; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2234058
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