Caltech/JPL Association for Gravitational-Wave Research Seminar
The Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii will open the next generation of optical and infrared telescopes. This talk will describe the scientific reach enabled by the unprecedented light collection and the diffraction limited resolution of a 30 meter aperture. A collaboration of Caltech, University of California and Canada, China, India and Japan, TMT is being developed and will be constructed and operated as an international observatory serving its Asia-America communities. The talk will review the design, technology development across the international partnership, and the first steps toward construction.