4 August 2014 Polarimetric analysis of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) for modeling instrumental polarization characteristics
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The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will be called upon to support a polarimetric observing capability. Many different observing programs covering a range of different science areas are being considered for the TMT and a model of the overall polarization characteristics is being developed. The instrument development program will provide a means for polarimetric instruments to be developed, however the telescope itself and the AO system must be able to support polarimetric instruments. As a first step to defining the necessary polarimetric technical requirements we have created an international working group to carry out a study in which technical and cost implications will be balanced with scientific impact; new requirements will be generated with supporting science cases. We present here initial results of the instrumental polarization sensitivity of TMT with NFIRAOS, the first-light adaptive optics system.
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Jenny Atwood, Jenny Atwood, Warren Skidmore, Warren Skidmore, G. C. Anupama, G. C. Anupama, Ramya M. Anche, Ramya M. Anche, Krishna Reddy, Krishna Reddy, Asoke Sen, Asoke Sen, "Polarimetric analysis of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) for modeling instrumental polarization characteristics", Proc. SPIE 9150, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 915013 (4 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056965; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056965

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