Planning for the Next Generation of TMT Science Instruments is Already Underway

//Planning for the Next Generation of TMT Science Instruments is Already Underway

Pasadena, CA – March 9, 2018 – Future users of the Thirty Meter Telescope are now preparing studies of the science instruments that will be deployed after the telescope’s first-light instrumentation suite.

These instrument concept studies will deliver a series of White Papers for review by TMT’s Science Advisory Committee. The deadline is March 21, 2018 for receipt of these White Papers (see original Call for White Papers).

TMT’s first-light capabilities will include a near-infrared multi-conjugate adaptive optics (AO) system (NFIRAOS), the Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (IRIS), and the Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer (WFOS).

Building upon these initial TMT instruments, and upon the ground- and space-based facilities that will be operating throughout the next decade, the White Papers will address new scientific capabilities and priorities for TMT, such as: high dispersion optical and near-infrared spectroscopy; multiplexed medium-resolution near-infrared spectroscopy; ground-layer AO; extreme/high contrast AO and coronagraphy; and thermal infrared imaging and spectroscopy.

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