- O/IR System
In March 2013, the NSF/AST and the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corporation signed a cooperative agreement initiating a five-year program aimed at engaging the US astronomical community in the TMT Observatory project. AURA is an associate member of the TMT International Observatory (TIO), and NOAO is executing AURA's responsibilities and TMT particiation activities, representing the US astronomical community.
NOAO established a US TMT Liaison office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help coordinate and organize these activities, and a US TMT Science Working Group (SWG). This effort will lead to a set of reports, based on input solicited from the scientific community, that will constitute a plan for US participation in TMT. These reports will include:
|Catherine Pilachowski||Indiana University|
|Vernon Pankonin||NSF (observer)|
|Mark Dickinson (AURA co-chair)||NOAO|
|Ian Dell'Antonio||Brown University|
|Karen Meech||University of Hawaii|
The US TMT Science Working Group (SWG) was established following the cooperative agreement between the NSF and TMT. The US TMT SWG relays US community consensus input to the TMT Project and the TMT Science Advisory Committee. Over the five-year period of the NSF-TMT cooperative agreement, the US TMT SWG will produce reports on US community views to guide future NSF-TMT interactions.
|Ian Dell'Antonio||Brown University|
|Mark Dickinson (chair)||NOAO|
|Anthony Gonzalez||University of Florida|
|Stephen Kane||San Francisco State University|
|James Lloyd||Cornell University|
|Lucas Macri||Texas A&M University|
|Karen Meech||University of Hawaii / IfA|
|Susan Neff||Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Deborah Padgett||Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Caty Pilachowski||Indiana University|
|Lisa Storrie-Lombardi||Infrared Processing and Analysis Center|
"International Partnership for Global Astronomy"
The 2016 Forum was the first to be held in Asia, and focused on the theme of international collaboration. TMT will be built and operated internationally, and this Forum was a venue for members of the international TMT community to map out cooperative strategies for developing the observatory and its instrumentation, running the facility, and carrying out science with global reach. Sessions and talks emphasized:
"Maximizing Transformative Science with TMT"
The 2015 Forum focused on ways how to maximize the scientific return from TMT through innovative collaborations, telescope operations, data management, and instrumentation development. The meeting featured presentations about the transformative science enabled by TMT, and on how best to accomplish that science. There were working sessions devoted to planning for possible "key programs" that could span the international TMT partnership as a means to carry out projects that might exceed the capacity of individual scientists and teams within any single partner. The implications of such programs for TMT operations, and the evolution of its instrumentation suite, were discussed.
“TMT in the Astronomical Landscape of the 2020s”.
The 2014 Forum explored the synergy between TMT and other facilities in the post-2020 astronomical landscape, and featured an all-day TMT Instrumentation Workshop.
The TMT Observatory has established partnership-wide International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) to provide scientific input and feedback to the TMT project. ISDT membership is open to all Ph.D. scientists anywhere, both from the current TMT partners and from the astronomical community at large.
There are annual calls for new ISDT members. The next opportunity for applications will be due on 20 January 2017. For more information, see:
The goals and tasks of the ISDTs include:
The initial set of ISDTs are organized around nine topics:
The US TMT Science Working Group would like your input on how you would use TMT for your scientific research, and on the instrumentation, operations, time allocation, and data management issues you view as most important to maximize the scientific return of TMT for the US astronomical community.
Last updated or reviewed March 14, 2017.