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28 September 2004 Highlights from the science case for a 50- to 100-m extremely large telescope
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We present an overview of the science case for a 50-100m Extremely Large Telescope. This was the subject of a meeting in Marseilles, France in November 2003, attended by about 50 European astronomers. Four key scientific themes were identified by the participants: terrestrial planets in extra-solar systems; stellar populations across the Universe; building galaxies since the darkest ages; the first objects and re-ionisation structure of the Universe. Although by no means an exhaustive list of science areas in which ELT will have a great impact, these cases provide examples where an ELT can make a dramatic advance in our understanding of the Universe around us. This paper describes these highlighted science themes and the challenging demands they place on ELT performance. See for more information, including the full list of participants in this work.
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Isobel M. Hook "Highlights from the science case for a 50- to 100-m extremely large telescope", Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004);


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