The Thirty Meter Telescope is the world's most advanced large-aperture optical/infrared telescope project. It will employ an actively controlled segmented primary mirror and laser adaptive optics to achieve a resolution ten times greater than that of the Hubble Space Telescope. Its combination of a 30 meter aperture and adaptive optics will make it 100 times more sensitive that the largest current telescopes, opening new scientific frontiers. The TMT is expected to detect and study the first luminous objects in the Universe, follow the history of galaxy evolution over all of cosmic time, probe the dense cores of star forming regions, and study planets orbiting nearby stars.
Canada is a 25% partner in TMT. I serve as a Co-chair of the Science Advisory Committee and Project Scientist for the NFIRAOS facility adaptive optics system being designed and built in Canada by the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics.
For further information you are invited to visit the TMT web site and the Canadian TMT website.