Here is the next of our interview with TMT team. Today we meet with Tommaso Treu, Professor of Astronomy at the University of California Los Angeles and Chair of the TMT Science Advisory Committee.
Dr Ravinder Bhatia, TMT Associate Project Manager, interviews with Annapurni Subramaniam, Professor of Astronomy at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore. She is the Indian project manager for the TMT observatory Software development.
A couple of weeks ago I was in Mumbai, to give a talk on TMT at "Vigyan Samagam—Pushing the Frontiers of Science”. The event was organized by the Indian government, to showcase India’s contributions to large international collaborations in fundamental science and research.
While pursuing my doctorate in experimental astrophysics, in London, I would sometimes visit the map room at the British Museum. I'd look at the ancient maps, with coastlines that were recognizable, but distorted and out of proportion. Some areas were imagined to be populated by terrifying monsters, or even left blank, because cartographers of the time had insufficient information to do better. Over time, as more information was observed or...
In an earlier companion post (Sharper Focus, Part 1), I introduced the concept of adaptive optics and talked about some of the ways astronomers and engineers have used those techniques to sharpen the images we capture. Now I’d like to show you some of the specific adaptive optics solutions that will enhance TMT’s vision.