Polarimetric analysis of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) for modeling instrumental polarization characteristics

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056965
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TypeArticle
Proceedings titleSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings
ConferenceModeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 22 June 2014 through 24 June 2014, Montreal, QC
ISSN0277-786X
ISBN9780819496188
Volume9150
Article number915013
SubjectAnalytic equipment; Optical telescopes; Polarimeters; Polarization; Project management; Systems engineering; Telescopes; First-light adaptive optics system; Instrument development; Instrumental polarization; NFIRAOS; Polarization characteristics; Technical requirement; Thirty Meter Telescope; TMT; Astronomy
AbstractThe Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will be called upon to support a polarimetric observing capability. Many different observing programs covering a range of different science areas are being considered for the TMT and a model of the overall polarization characteristics is being developed. The instrument development program will provide a means for polarimetric instruments to be developed, however the telescope itself and the AO system must be able to support polarimetric instruments. As a first step to defining the necessary polarimetric technical requirements we have created an international working group to carry out a study in which technical and cost implications will be balanced with scientific impact; new requirements will be generated with supporting science cases. We present here initial results of the instrumental polarization sensitivity of TMT with NFIRAOS, the first-light adaptive optics system.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; National Science Infrastructure
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NPARC number21272953
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