Vol 15, No 12 (2015) / Skidmore

Thirty Meter Telescope Detailed Science Case: 2015

Warren Skidmore, TMT International Science Development Teams, TMT Science Advisory Committee

Abstract

The TMT Detailed Science Case describes the transformational science that the Thirty Meter Telescope will enable. Planned to begin science operations in 2024, TMT will open up opportunities for revolutionary discoveries in essentially every field of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, seeing much fainter objects much more clearly than existing telescopes. Per this capability, TMT’s science agenda fills all of space and time, from nearby comets and asteroids, to exoplanets, to the most distant galaxies, and all the way back to the very first sources of light in the universe. More than 150 astronomers from within the TMT partnership and beyond offered input in compiling the new 2015 Detailed Science Case. The contributing astronomers represent the entire TMT partnership, including the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the University of California, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) and US associate partner, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).

Keywords


instrumentation and method — cosmology and nongalactic astrophysics — Earth and planetary astrophysics — astrophysics of galaxies — high energy astro- physical phenomena

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1674–4527/15/12/001

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