Science instrumentation progress at the Giant Magellan Telescope

R. Millan-Gabet*, R. A. Bernstein, A. Souza, B. Walls, A. Bouchez, B. Sitarski, A. Szentgyorgyi, S. McMuldroch, D. Fabricant, R. A. S. Ribero, R. Sharp, G. Mace, C. B. Brooks, D. T. Jaffe, J. Lawrence, C. Saavedra, J. Crane, A. Uomoto, L. Close, J. Males

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We describe the development status of the first-generation science instruments for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The first-generation suite includes two infrared and two visible light spectrographs that together will deliver from wide-band imaging to R~200,000 spectroscopy at wavelengths from 0.3 to 5 µm. All four instruments are designed for use with diffraction limited or ground-layer adaptive optics modes. G-CLEF, a visible light echelle designed for broad scientific use and for precision radial velocity measurements, is in fabrication. The other three (GMACS, a wide field multi-object spectrograph; GMTNIRS, a near- to thermal-infrared echelle spectrograph utilizing silicon immersion gratings; and GMTIFS, a near-infrared imager and integral field spectrograph) are in Preliminary Design. The first-generation suite also includes a robotic fiber-feed system called MANIFEST, which enables spectroscopy over the 20 arcmin field of view of the telescope with custom fibers for G-CLEF, GMACS, and GMTNIRS. An additional facility instrument, GMagAO-X, is being developed to provide high-contrast imaging at visible and near-infrared wavelengths and is in Preliminary Design. We also discuss the visible and infrared cameras (called ComCam and AOTC, respectively) that will be used for alignment, verification, and commissioning of the active and adaptive optics modes of the telescope and enable early science activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Julia J. Bryant, Kentaro Motohara
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510653504
ISBN (Print)9781510653498
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventConference on Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 17 Jul 202222 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceConference on Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX


  • Giant Magellan Telescope
  • GMT
  • G-CLEF
  • GMagAO-X
  • ComCam


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