20 July 2010 Science flow down for the Thirty Meter Telescope
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How do we know that the current technical requirements and architecture for the Thirty-Meter Telescope Observatory will indeed allow TMT to tackle the broad range science within the reach of a large optical/IR telescope and fully realize its scientific potential? The path from science to observatory design is frequently not linear and often involves multiple iterations. Ideally, the final design will meet as many science requirements as possible within the constraints imposed by technological readiness, schedule and cost. A properly established science flowdown plays an invaluable role in estimating the impact of various design decisions (including instrument selection) on science returns. In this paper, we describe the flowdown of scientific and observatory requirements from the TMT science cases in terms of the following key elements: the science programs themselves, the science flowdown matrix, the Science-based Requirements Documents (SRD), the Observatory Requirements, the Observatory Architecture and the Operations Concepts Documents (ORD, OAD and OCD).
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Luc Simard, Luc Simard, David Crampton, David Crampton, } "Science flow down for the Thirty Meter Telescope", Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77355R (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858112; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858112
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