TMT Instrumentation Workshop

Canadian Contributions to Future TMT Instrumentation

1 – 2 September 2015

Rotman South
Stewart Building
University of Toronto
149 College Street, Room 310

To capitalize on Canada’s recent commitment to the TMT, the Dunlap Institute and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto organized a two-day workshop in order to bring the Canadian community together to discuss future TMT instrumentation contributions. Current TMT planning is that there will be a call for second-generation instrument concept proposals around the end of 2016.

The goals of the workshop were:

  • Summarize the current status of TMT
  • Discuss scientific strengths and interests of the Canadian community in the context of TMT
  • Highlight potential opportunities for instrument and technology development
  • Identify exciting science/instrument concepts within the Canadian community
  • Develop a detailed plan to carry at least one concept forward

List of participants.

For more information, contact Prof. Suresh Sivanandam.

Canadian Contributions to TMT Instrumentation Workshop
September 1-2, 2015
September 1st, 2015
Morning Session (Chair: Dae-Sik Moon)
8:30 am – Doors Open
9:00 am – Opening Remarks/Introductions
9:05 am – TMT and Canada (R. Carlberg – Toronto)
9:30 am – TMT Overview and Planning for Future TMT Instruments (L. Simard – TMT/NRC)
11:00 am – Break
11:15 am – TMT Science Overview (L. Simard – TMT/NRC)
12:00 pm – Lunch
Afternoon Session (Chair: Luc Simard)
1:00 pm – NRC Instrumentation (D. Loop – NRC) PDF
2:00 pm – University Instrumentation Session

1. Instrument Development at Optical Engineering Research Laboratory (S. Thibault – Laval) PDF
2. Micromachined DMs and IC-drivers for next gen AO (S. Chapman – Dalhousie) PDF
3. Overview of Instrumentation Programs for Infrared Spectroscopy at the University of Toronto (D.-S. Moon – Toronto) PDF
4. Novel Infrared Methods for Studying Galaxies (S. Sivanandam – Toronto) PDF

4:00 pm – Break
4:15 pm – Industrial Partnership Session

1. COMDEV’s Interest in TMT (N. Rowlands – COM DEV)
2. ABB’s Interest in Future TMT Instrumentation (J.-F. Lavigne – ABB Inc) PDF

5:15 pm – Discussion
6:30 pm – Adjourn

September 2nd, 2015
Morning Session (Chair: Suresh Sivanandam)
8:30 am – Doors Open
9:00 am – Opening Remarks and Plan for the Day
9:15 am – Contributed Talks on Exoplanet Science

1. Characterizing Exoplanets: The Next Decade (R. Jayawardhana – York) PDF
2. High Resolution Spectroscopy for Exoplanets @ TMT (A. Triaud – Toronto) PDF
3. Revealing Exoplanets through High-Contrast Imaging (J. Chilcote – Toronto) PDF

10:45 am – Break
11:00 am – Contributed Talks on Galactic/Extragalactic Science

1. Characterizing Exoplanets: The Next Decade (R. Jayawardhana – York) PDF

12:00 pm – Lunch
Afternoon Session (Chair: Ray Carlberg)
1:00 pm – Instrument Concept Development
3:00 pm – Break
3:15 pm – Action Plan Development
5:00 pm – Adjourn
Selected Abstracts:

Planning for Future TMT Instruments (L. Simard – TMT/NRC)

The TMT instrumentation program is aimed at maintaining the observatory at the cutting-edge of astronomical research over its lifetime. This talk will cover the status of the first-light instruments, the planned instrumentation suite and its synergy with other facilities, the selection
of future instruments and the development program that will bring them to the telescope and some instrument phasing scenarios illustrating the scale of the program.

NRC Instrumentation (D. Loop – NRC) PDF
I will outline the NRC Herzberg instrumentation program and capabilities, and give examples of how we collaborate with university and industry partners and international partners on instrument developments. I will also outline the TMT instrument concepts that we have been involved with, and give
updates of critical technology developments that have been undertaken to support these.NRC Instrumentation (D. Loop – NRC) PDF
Founded in 2008 with the creation of an industrial research chair in lens design, the optical engineering research lab is or was involved in major astronomical instruments such as the science camera for GPI, Sitelle (CFHT) and camera module for SPIROU (CFHT) to name a few. This unique Canadian facility is leading the training in lens design and the laboratory is supported by state of the art optical mounting, alignment and testing equipment (funded by CFI). Recent CFI funding will increase the facility by adding fabrication equipment to built optical elements (lens/mirror) up to 300mm. The fabrication facility should be operational in the
second half of 2016.

Micromachined DMs and IC-drivers for next gen AO (S. Chapman – Dalhousie) PDF
We are developing Application Specific Integrated Circuit drivers and micro-machined Silicon deformable mirrors for next generation adaptive optics instruments. We will describe the status of the projects, and the types of TMT instruments that could benefit from these dedicated

COMDEV’s Interest in TMT (N. Rowlands – COM DEV)
There is considerable overlap in the skill sets required to produce scientific instrumentation for space science applications and the skills required to develop instrumentation for large ground based telescopes. In addition to electrical, mechanical and optical engineering, there is considerable effort in system engineering required in order to ensure that all the complex subsystems of these instruments come together correctly. As a supplier of instrument systems for space-borne applications, COMDEV is interested in participation in TMT instrumentation development because of these similarities. COMDEV’s participation in the 2006 study of the TMT Planet Finder Imager and our attempts to participate in the current NFIRAOS development Will be highlighted.


Image: TMT International Observatory