As part of the 4th International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging (ISPDI 2011), May 24-26, 2011 in Beijing, China, scientists and engineers from the US and China are meeting for a special colloquium on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The colloquium is a milestone in the TMT international partnership for development and operation of TMT.
Collaborators from both countries will consider a wide range of technical, engineering and science components in the TMT plan, including specific contributions to TMT that are anticipated to be provided by China.
“TMT will be a global asset in the quest for knowledge about our universe, and this colloquium will showcase Chinese interest in building and joining this remarkable capability,” said Gary Sanders, TMT Project Manager.
Technical topics for discussion include aspects of fabricating segmented mirrors, laser assisted guide star adaptive optics, high performance science instruments, and management of cross disciplinary research. The program includes presentations from members from both the US and China collaborating institutes, including:
The colloquium is hosted by the National Astronomical Observatory of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the Chinese Society of Astronautics - Optics and Mechanics committee.
Program sponsors come from a wide range of institutes and universities in China, including:
For more information, please see the ISPDI 2011 website: http://www.ispdiconf.org/en/index.html
In December 2010, China officially joined as an international observer in the TMT project. The TMT project is an international partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, joined by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Department of Science and Technology of India.