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. NOAO has established a US TMT Liaison office (TMT@noao.edu) to help coordinate and organize these activities. This effort will lead to a set of reports, written by the US TMT Science Working Group and Collaboration Board members (see below), and based on input solicited from the scientific community, that will constitute a plan for US participation in TMT. The contents of these reports will include:
The US-at-large community has representation on the TMT Board of Directors, as well as on the TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC).
|Caty Pilachowski||Indiana University|
|Mark Dickinson (SAC co-chair)||NOAO|
|Ian Dell'Antonio||Brown University|
The US TMT Science Working Group
The US TMT Science Working Group (SWG) was established following the cooperative agreement between the NSF and TMT. The US TMT SWG meets quarterly to develop US community consensus perspectives for input to 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.
|Todd Boroson||Las Cumbres Observatory|
|Ian Dell'Antonio||Brown University|
|Mark Dickinson (chair)||NOAO|
|Anthony Gonzalez||University of Florida|
|Stephen Kane||San Francisco State University|
|Lucas Macri||Texas A&M University|
|Paul Martini||Ohio State University|
|Charles Telesco||University of Florida|
US Community Opportunities
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, and TMT has opened a call for membership, with applications due 17 January 2014.
The goals and tasks of the ISDTs include:
The initial set of ISDTs are organized around eight topics:
AAS Town Halls and Workshops
There will be a TMT Town Hall meeting at the winter 2014 meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), on Tuesday 7 January from 12:45-1:45 pm (EST). At this event, TMT will report on the project status, plans, and opportunities. Members of the US TMT Science Working Group will discuss the NSF-TMT engagement activities, and will solicit input from the community for the development of a plan for US participation in TMT. There will be ample time for discussion and feedback from the audience.
TMT Science Forum
The TMT Science Forum is the principal means by which planning with the US community, and the current partnership, will explore, in depth, the scientific opportunities for the US, and enhancements to TMT capabilities. This workshop will explore science, data, observatory operations, archiving, first-decade science instrumentation, astronomy education and science, technology, engineering and math STEM opportunities. The Forum brings together US astronomers from the federally-supported community, TMT project members, current partner science representatives, TMT Board members, NOAO, NSF and partner funding agencies, and involved stakeholders such as members of the Hawaiian community that will host the TMT observatory.
The 2013 TMT Science Forum was held on 22-23 July in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The presentations are available on the conference web site. The next forum is now being planned for the summer of 2014, and will be announced here and via the NOAO Currents newsletter.
Last updated or reviewed November 18, 2013.