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Thirty Meter Telescope: How California, Canada, China, India and Japan are Working Together to Build a Next Generation Extremely Large Telescope

Abstract: The Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii will open the next generation of optical and infrared telescopes. This talk will review the scientific reach enabled by the unprecedented light collection and the diffraction limited resolution of a 30 meter aperture. A collaboration of Caltech, University of California and Canada, China, India and Japan, TMT is being developed and will be constructed and operated as an international observatory serving its Asia-America communities. The US National Science Foundation (NSF) is engaged in a planning activity with TMT to enable the NSF to consider joining the project on behalf of the US astronomy community. The talk will review the design, technology development across the international partnership, and the first steps toward construction.
Speaker: Gary Sanders - California Institute of Technology
Speaker Bio: Gary Sanders spent 25 years performing high-energy physics experiments at laboratories in the United States and Europe. He earned an AB degree in physics from Columbia University and a PhD in high-energy physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a faculty member in physics at Princeton University and a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 1994, Gary came to Caltech to serve as the Project Manager and Deputy Director for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) project. Gary joined TMT as its Project Manager in 2004. He is the author or a co-author of more than 175 peer-reviewed publications and he has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Poster Link: Poster
Presentation: Presentation on 9/18/2013 (PDF)