The key science drivers for MICHI: A thermal-infrared instrument for the TMT

Chris Packham, Mitsuhiko Honda, Mark Chun, Itsuki Sakon, Matthew Richter, Yoshiko Okamoto, Hirokazu Kataza, Christian Marois, Michael Meyer, Manoj Puravankara, Jayne Birkby, Ian Crossfield, Thayne Curry, Thomas Greathouse, Gregory Herczeg, Kohei Ichikawa, Hanae Inami, Masatoshi Imanishi, Enrique Lopez-Rodriguez

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With the imminent launch of the JWST, the field of thermal-infrared (TIR) astronomy will enjoy a revolution. It is easy to imagine that all areas of infrared (IR) astronomy will be greatly advanced, but perhaps impossible to conceive of the new vistas that will be opened. To allow both follow-up JWST observations and a continuance of work started on the ground-based 8m's, we continue to plan the science cases and instrument design for a TIR imager and spectrometer for early operation on the TMT. We present the current status of our science cases and the instrumentation plans, harnessing expertise across the TMT partnership. This instrument will be proposed by the MICHI team as a second-generation instrument in any upcoming calls for proposals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
EditorsLuc Simard, Luc Simard, Christopher J. Evans, Hideki Takami
ISBN (Print)9781510619579
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: 2018 Jun 102018 Jun 14

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Infrared
  • adaptive optics
  • high spectral resolution
  • imaging
  • mid-infrared
  • polarimetry
  • spectroscopy
  • thermal infrared


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