9 August 2016 Instrumentation progress at the Giant Magellan Telescope project
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Instrument development for the 24m Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is described: current activities, progress, status, and schedule. One instrument team has completed its preliminary design and is currently beginning its final design (GCLEF, an optical 350-950 nm, high-resolution and precision radial velocity echelle spectrograph). A second instrument team is in its conceptual design phase (GMACS, an optical 350-950 nm, medium resolution, 6-10 arcmin field, multi-object spectrograph). A third instrument team is midway through its preliminary design phase (GMTIFS, a near-IR YJHK diffraction-limited imager/integral-field-spectrograph), focused on risk reduction prototyping and design optimization. A fourth instrument team is currently fabricating the 5 silicon immersion gratings needed to begin its preliminary design phase (GMTNIRS, a simultaneous JHKLM high-resolution, AO-fed, echelle spectrograph). And, another instrument team is focusing on technical development and prototyping (MANIFEST, a facility robotic, multifiber feed, with a 20 arcmin field of view). In addition, a medium-field (6 arcmin, 0.06 arcsec/pix) optical imager will support telescope and AO commissioning activities, and will excel at narrow-band imaging. In the spirit of advancing synergies with other groups, the challenges of running an ELT instrument program and opportunities for cross-ELT collaborations are discussed.
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George H. Jacoby, George H. Jacoby, R. Bernstein, R. Bernstein, A. Bouchez, A. Bouchez, M Colless, M Colless, Jeff Crane, Jeff Crane, D. DePoy, D. DePoy, B. Espeland, B. Espeland, Tyson Hare, Tyson Hare, D. Jaffe, D. Jaffe, J. Lawrence, J. Lawrence, J. Marshall, J. Marshall, P. McGregor, P. McGregor, Stephen Shectman, Stephen Shectman, R. Sharp, R. Sharp, A. Szentgyorgyi, A. Szentgyorgyi, Alan Uomoto, Alan Uomoto, B. Walls, B. Walls, } "Instrumentation progress at the Giant Magellan Telescope project", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99081U (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232809; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232809
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