The science case, technical requirements, and status of the Giant Magellan Telescope have evolved over the course of the project to reflect new discoveries and scientific priorities. The foundational documents and status papers listed below are intended for scientists and engineers to learn more about the Giant Magellan Telescope.
The Giant Magellan Telescope Science Book describes the transformative impact that the ground-based telescope will have on areas spanning observational astrophysics — from exoplanet discovery and characterization to the formation of stars, galaxies, and black holes in the universe. It outlines the telescope’s unique design and capabilities, including the first-generation instrument suite that has been chosen to maximize scientific impact during early operations.
Patrick J. McCarthy, James Fanson, et al.,” Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990612 (8 August 2016);
Technical Requirements & Specifications
For additional technical documents and presentations regarding the Giant Magellan Telescope’s design and technologies, please visit the SPIE Digital Library for astronomical telescopes and instrumentation or the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS). Search for papers with Giant Magellan Telescope, GMT, or GMTO Corporation affiliation.
This document quantifies the broad observational requirements needed to address the scientific goals of the partnership, which are described in the Giant Magellan Telescope Science Book and the science cases for the first-generation instruments.
This document captures the top-level system design, consistent with the observatory requirements. It defines the subsystems and their interactions as they deliver the various system configurations that enable the observatory to implement the observatory performance modes defined in the operations requirements document.
This document describes how the observatory design described in the observatory architecture document will be operated by stakeholders during operations to meet concept of operations objectives and science and observatory requirements.