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First Two TMT Mirror Segment Demonstrators Installed at the Monrovia lab.
December 11th, 2019 Engineering & Technology

Two full-size TMT Primary Segment demonstration assemblies fitted with aluminum mirror segments have been successfully installed into the Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT lab.

Tuck-In Time: Integrating Glass with Metal
November 27th, 2019 Associate Project Manager Blog

Our Optics Group has been doing some testing recently. Click on the video below. You can see two strips of metal, separately attached to a circular piece of glass. Pull the strips apart. How hard can you pull before something breaks? And what on Earth does this have to do with building a telescope?

TMT Science Forum 2019 in Xiamen, China
November 15th, 2019 TMT Partner News

Xiamen, China – 12 November, 2019 – The seventh Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Science Forum was held for the first time in China, in the city of Xiamen, Province of Fujian, earlier this month.

TMT Project Engineers at Vertical Laboratories in California test TMT Warping Harness Components
November 13th, 2019 Engineering & Technology

The leaf springs required for TMT warping harness mechanism, supporting each one of the 492 primary active segments, are being tested and validated in an Environmental Simulation Laboratory.

Entretien entre Dr Ravinder Bhatia, responsable adjoint du projet TMT, et Dr Dimitri Mawet, professeur d'astronomie à Caltech
November 6th, 2019 Associate Project Manager Blog

Voici un nouvel entretien avec l’équipe du TMT. Aujourd'hui, nous rencontrons Dimitri Mawet, directeur du laboratoire de Caltech sur les technologies liées à la recherche des planètes extra-solaires. Dimitri est aussi responsable de MODHIS, un des instruments de première lumière pour TMT. Ce spectrographe infrarouge travaillera à haute résolution spectrale et angulaire et aura pour principal objectif scientifique de caractériser et rechercher...

APM Dr Ravinder Bhatia interviews Caltech Associate Professor of Astronomy Dimitri Mawet
November 6th, 2019 Associate Project Manager Blog

Here is the next of our interview series with the team of TMT. Today we meet with Dimitri Mawet, director of the Exoplanet Technology Laboratory of Caltech and lead researcher for MODHIS one of TMT first-light instrument. The Multi-Object Diffraction-limited High-Resolution Infrared Spectrograph (MODHIS) is a high-resolution spectrograph whose main science goal will be to characterize the atmosphere of exoplanets and search for the presence...

TMT Primary Mirror Segment Support Assembly Integration
November 1st, 2019 Engineering & Technology

Work is underway at TMT Project Lab. near Pasadena.

Searching for Leviathan, Part 5: TMT's Search for Leviathan
October 29th, 2019 Associate Project Manager Blog

New Answers on the Horizon Black hole science asks many questions, some of which we’ve talked about in this blog: Where do we find black holes? How “big” are they? How old? And how do they grow and change over time? Now, in our final article about these cosmic leviathans, we'll look at how TMT will help advance our understanding. As we’ll see, TMT will be an important part of the quest to learn more about these unfathomably massive, yet...

TMT Board of Governor Member Dr. Saku Tsuneta Visits TMT Technical Lab
October 28th, 2019 Engineering & Technology

Dr. Saku Tsuneta, Director General of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), recently met with TMT experts at the technical laboratory in Monrovia, California. Dr. Tsuneta also serves as a member of the TMT Board of Governors, which is accountable for both financial decision-making and strategic planning for the TMT International Observatory.

TMT Common Software Successfully Passes Pre-Shipment Review
October 15th, 2019 Engineering & Technology

The Thirty Meter Telescope Common Software (CSW), which has been under development the past two years, recently passed its pre-shipment review, meaning it is consistent with its original requirements and design and is ready for its future integration within TMT’s software infrastructure.

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