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Status of the Thirty Meter Telescope site selection program

Schöck, Matthias and Els, Sebastian and Riddle, Reed and Skidmore, Warren and Travouillon, Tony and Blum, Robert and Bustos, Edison and Gillett, Paul and Gregory, Brooke and Nelson, Jerry and Otárola, Angel and Seguel, Juan and Vasquez, Joselino and Vogiatzis, Konstantinos and Walker, David and Wang, Lianqi (2008) Status of the Thirty Meter Telescope site selection program. In: Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7012. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 70121X. ISBN 9780819472229. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20181112-101504938

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Abstract

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has been collecting data on five candidate sites since 2003. This paper describes the site testing portion of the TMT site selection program and the process and standards employed by it. This includes descriptions of the candidate sites, the process by which they were identified, the site characterization instrument suite and its calibration and the available results, which will be published shortly.


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Riddle, Reed0000-0002-0387-370X
Additional Information:© 2008 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The TMT site testing group would like to express a particular appreciation for the contributions of the late Juan Araya, André Erasmus and Hugo Schwarz, and our sadness over the loss of their company and friendship. The TMT site testing work could not have happened without the contributions of many other people at various institutions. A special thanks to everybody who has supported, and is still supporting, the TMT site testing program, in particular the people at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and the AURA New Initiatives Office (NIO), the Universidad Católica del Norte in Antofagasta, the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional de San Pedro Mártir, Gemini Observatory, Palomar Observatory, the Submillimeter Array (SMA), the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA), the University of Lethbridge, the University of Moscow, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), and the entire TMT project including its partner institutions and external reviewers. 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.
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Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA)UNSPECIFIED
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University of CaliforniaUNSPECIFIED
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Canada Foundation for InnovationUNSPECIFIED
Ontario Ministry of Research and InnovationUNSPECIFIED
National Research Council of CanadaUNSPECIFIED
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
British Columbia Knowledge Development FundUNSPECIFIED
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Subject Keywords:Site testing, site selection, ELTs
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:7012
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Official Citation:Matthias Schöck, Sebastian Els, Reed Riddle, Warren Skidmore, Tony Travouillon, Robert Blum, Edison Bustos, Paul Gillett, Brooke Gregory, Jerry Nelson, Angel Otarola, Juan Seguel, Joselino Vasquez, Konstantinos Vogiatzis, David Walker, Lianqi Wang, "Status of the Thirty Meter Telescope site selection program," Proc. SPIE 7012, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes II, 70121X (10 July 2008)
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:13 Nov 2018 18:49
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