Steward Observatory, NORILab, Special Talk

Gelys Trancho (TMT), Exploring New Frontiers with the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT): Progress, Advancement, Opportunities, and Engineering Approach


noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 20, 2023

Abstract: The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is an advanced telescope equipped with a 30-meter segmented primary mirror, designed to be an exceptional tool for exploring the wonders of the universe in the northern hemisphere. With its impressive primary mirror, the TMT surpasses the capabilities of even the JWST(x4) and Hubble telescopes (x12), delivering remarkably clear images. When operational, the TMT will unlock new frontiers in astronomy and astrophysics, enabling us to delve into the intricacies of star and planet formation, unravel the mysteries of galaxy history, and deepen our understanding of the structure of the universe. In this presentation, we will explore the future prospects of TMT development, focusing on the engineering approach that will ensure its successful performance, functionality, and ease of maintenance. Our aim is to create a system that is on performance, feasible to produce, and straightforward to maintain, while minimizing potential risks. We will also discuss the ongoing evolution of our engineering approach, continuously improving our methods to maximize efficiency and simplicity.


Zoom connection available:

Meeting ID: 925 2016 1529

Password: 793493

Local host is Eric Peng at NOIRLab (