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24 September 2012 Key science drivers for MICHI: a mid-IR instrument concept for the TMT
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A mid-infrared (MIR) imager and spectrometer is being investigated for possible construction in the early operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Combined with the MIR adaptive optics (AO) system (MIRAO), the instrument will afford ~15 times higher sensitivity and ~4 times better spatial resolution (0.07”) at 10μm compared to 8m-class telescopes. Additionally, through exploiting the large collection area of the TMT, the high-dispersion spectroscopy mode will be unrivaled by other ground- and space-based facilities. These combined capabilities offer the possibility for breakthrough science, as well as ‘workhorse’ observing modes of imaging and low/moderate spectral resolution. In this paper we summarize the primary science drivers that are guiding the instrument design.
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Chris Packham, M. Honda, M. Richter, Y. K. Okamoto, H. Kataza, T. Onaka, T. Fujiyoshi, A. Tokunaga, M. Chun, A. Alonso-Herrero, J. Carr, M. Chiba, K Enya, H. Fujiwara, P Gandhi, M. Imanishi, K. Ichikawa, Y. Ita, N. Kawakatsu, T. Kotani, N. Levenson, T. Matsuo, M. Matsuura, T. Minezaki, J. Najita, N. Oi, T. Ootsubo, I. Sakon, M. Takami, C. Telesco, C. M. Wright, and T. Yamashita "Key science drivers for MICHI: a mid-IR instrument concept for the TMT", Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84467G (24 September 2012);


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