十年后到TMT来遇见自己——Gordon Squire上海讲演

科技部副部长曹健林会见美国加州大学圣塔芭芭拉分校校长杨祖佑先生一行

 2015年3月31日上午,科技部副部长曹健林在部内会见了美国加州大学圣塔芭芭拉分校校长杨祖佑先生、中村修二教授、史迪文·单巴尔斯(Steven Denbaars)教授一行。
    曹健林副部长对中村修二教授获得2014年诺贝尔物理学奖表示祝贺,并对中科院国家天文台、中科院长春光机所等机构在三十米望远镜(TMT)国际天文台项目中取得的成果表示肯定,同时也鼓励相关院所进一步参与相关领域的国际合作。杨祖佑校长介绍了TMT国际天文台项目的最新进展,并对中国科研单位在TMT相关核心技术的研发工作表示赞扬。双方还就LED技术的最新进展交换了意见。
    科技部基础研究司副司长彭以祺、国际合作司参赞蔡嘉宁等会见时在座。
    转自:http://wap.cistc.gov.cn/information.aspx?column=221&id=87289

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加拿大政府批准对TMT投资计划

2015年4月6日,加拿大总理史蒂芬·哈珀宣布加拿大正式加入三十米望远镜(TMT)国际合作,将在未来十年内为三十米望远镜国际天文台(TIO)建设提供2.4亿加元的资金,占有该天文台约20%的股份,和美国、日本、中国、印度一起为实现人类历史上最大最先进的望远镜之一而努力。
“很高兴今天宣布加拿大政府对TMT项目的支持。”哈珀总理说:“这一革命性的装置拥有极大的潜力来提升人类天文学家对宇宙的理解。加拿大政府为成为这一重大项目的官方合作伙伴并以此为加拿大和全球的科学探索做出贡献而深感骄傲。”
加拿大的投资将主要用于在其本土所进行的TMT核心技术任务,尤其是TMT圆顶的建设。这将对其本国的就业和技术发展起到非常良好的刺激作用。哈珀总理表示:“我们对TMT的参与将促使本国发展新的技术和能力,在全国范围内创造和保有更多的高质量工作岗位。”
 
三十米巨型光学-红外望远镜(Thirty Meter Telescope,简称TMT)是由美国、加拿大、日本、中国、印度共同参与的地基巨型光学-红外天文观测设备,已于2014年10月开工,计划于2024年建成于国际著名天文台址美国夏威夷大岛莫纳克亚峰,工程总造价18亿美元。TMT的30米口径的集光面积是当前主流大望远镜的十倍,空间分辨率则比哈勃空间望远镜(HST)提高一个量级,其强大的洞察宇宙的能力必将引发天文学研究的飞跃发展,在揭示暗物质和暗能量的本质、探测宇宙第一代天体、理解黑洞的形成与生长、描绘系外类地行星特征等前沿科学领域做出重大突破性发现。中科院国家天文台和院相关研究所及相关高校,做为中国天文科技共同体,已成为TIO创始成员,承担TMT项目10%的研发和建设贡献。
 
 
新闻原文:http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/04/06/pm-announces-significant-support...
 

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Announcement - 2015 WFOS-MOBIE Mini-studies Final Review

The Wide Field Optical Spectrograph (WFOS) is one of the three first-light observing capabilities selected by the TMT Science Advisory Committee. The Multi-Object Broadband Imaging Echellette (MOBIE) instrument design concept has been developed to address the WFOS requirements as described in the TMT Science-Based Requirements Document. As the name implies, WFOS-MOBIE is a seeing-limited, wide-field imaging multi-object echellette spectrograph. WFOS-MOBIE can directly image or create low (R = ~1000) to medium-resolution (R = ~8,000) spectra in two color channels simultaneously, spanning 310-550nm and 500-1100nm passbands respectively. WFOS-MOBIE views a rectangular field of approximately 3.0 arcmin x 8.3 arcmin resulting in a field area of 24.9 square arcminutes, and a total slit length of 500 arcsec.
 
The TMT partnership has been engaged in an effort to form a full WFOS team through an international workshare development process. A key step in this process was the submission of Expressions of Interest (EoIs) from various groups that are interested in contributing to the design and construction of WFOS. The institutions submitting these EoIs have been grouped into twelve “mini-study” teams to further investigate the most important aspects and subsystems of the instrument. The goals of these mini-studies were (i) to familiarize the teams with both the elements of WFOS-MOBIE and the TMT standards for instrument design studies, and also (ii) address a range of both technical and cost/schedule questions to support further progress on the WFOS-MOBIE design.
 
This review is being held to assess the results of the WFOS-MOBIE mini-studies. These results include technical designs, engineering and performance analyses, cost/schedule estimates and management plans that may have a significant impact on the future development of WFOS. A second objective is to determine which teams have demonstrated a level of technical and management expertise consistent with what is required to be a successful partner in the WFOS team. Team members should be ready to “take ownership” of their contributions in terms of technical designs, performance requirements, error budgets, and schedule and cost estimates before proceeding further. A summary of the results of the meeting, including the recommendations from the review panel, will be presented to the TMT Instrumentation Department Head and, in turn, to the TMT Project Manager by the Decision Making Authority (Luc Simard). The TMT Project Manager will accept or augment the findings and recommendations and will seek the advice of the TMT SAC. The TMT Project Manager will report the process and results to the TMT Board seeking guidance as necessary.

Meeting website could be accessed here.

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多伦多星报(Toronto Star)呼吁加拿大政府通过参与TMT决议

Ottawa should commit to ambitious telescope project: Editorial

Canada has a chance to be at the forefront of some of the most exciting science of the 21st century: exploring the very limits of the known universe. It shouldn’t miss the opportunity.
More details: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2015/01/19/ottawa-should-commi...

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