The TMT International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) are groups of researchers who work together to provide scientific guidance and feedback to the TMT project, to stimulate planning for future TMT observing programs, and to build connections between the TMT and the international astronomical communities The ISDTs foster scientific collaboration across the TMT partnership and beyond, into the broader astronomical community.
There are nine ISDT each steering activities related to a dedicated science goal within TMT. Click below on each ISDT to view its members. In addition, each ISDT has two conveners. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the conveners to learn more about the ISDTs and their activities.
|International Science Development Team||Conveners|
|Fundamental physics and cosmology||Ian Dell'Antonio
|Early universe, galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium||Mark Dickinson
|Supermassive black holes||Yue Shen
|Milky Way and nearby galaxies||Eric Peng
|Stars, Stellar Physics and the Interstellar Medium||Lalitha Sairam
Richard de Grijs
|Formation of stars and planets||Gregory Herczeg
|Our solar system||Tian Feng
|Time domain science||G.C. Anupama
ISDT membership is open to all qualified Ph.D. scientists, both from the current TMT partners and associates, and from the astronomical community at large.
Recent and ongoing examples of ISDT activities include:
Membership of the ISDTs does not imply access to telescope time nor to funding from the TMT project.
Applications are solicited annually and are due near the end of January.
Application for individual membership in an ISDT should be emailed to email@example.com include the following parts:
The length of the application is limited to 2000 words for items 3-5 above, and no more than 1 page for figures, plus 2 pages maximum of curriculum vitae. There is no application form or template; please format your materials as a single PDF file.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Proposals for new ISDT working groups can also be submitted. New ISDTs may focus on science that does not fit well within the scope of the existing ISDTs, or may focus on subtopics drawn from one or more existing ISDTs that merit additional emphasis within TMT planning.
Proposals to create a new ISDTs should include the following parts:
There is no strict length limit for a proposal for a new ISDT, but a recommended guideline is up to 2000 words for items 2 and 3 above, with 1 or 2 pages of figures. Proposing astronomers who are not currently ISDT members should submit individual membership applications, as described above. Scientists who are already ISDT members are not required to submit new, individual applications.