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Instrumentation for the Thirty Meter Telescope

Taylor, K. (2004) Instrumentation for the Thirty Meter Telescope. In: Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy. Proceedings of SPIE. No.5492. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 1818-1823. ISBN 9780819454249.

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The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT) is nearing completion in its deliberations on defining a set of instrumentation capabilities for the first decade of operation. These are encapsulated in the SAC’s Science Requirements Document (SRD). We focus here on issues related to the challenges posed by the proposed first generation requirements for both seeing-limited, wide-field spectroscopy for the UV/optical and for integral field unit (IFU) spectroscopy for the near infra-red (NIR).

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Additional Information:© 2004 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project is a partnership of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. The partners gratefully acknowledge the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, the National Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Gemini Partnership. The author would also like to acknowledge the support from the other members of the TMT Instrumentation Working Group (David Crampton, Gordon Walker, David Sprayberry, Doug Simons, Steve Vogt, James Larkin and Keith Matthews) for fulsomely contributing to these deliberations and to Harland Epps, Joe Miller, Damien Jones, Denis Laurin, Ian Powell (and others at HIA) for their work and creative ideas. Finally I would like to acknowledge the pioneering work of Bev Oke. As far as I am aware, Bev was the first person to propose a seeing-limited instrument for CELT in 1999 and subsequently led the Canadian WFOS team until his sudden death in March 2004.
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Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)UNSPECIFIED
Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA)UNSPECIFIED
University of CaliforniaUNSPECIFIED
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
National Research Council of CanadaUNSPECIFIED
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)UNSPECIFIED
Gemini PartnershipUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:ELT, Instrumentation, TMT, IFU, Fibers, Slicers
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:5492
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Official Citation:Keith Taylor "Instrumentation for the Thirty Meter Telescope", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.556885;
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Deposited By: George Porter
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