RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 11:00-12:00; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Mamoru Doi

"The University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory"

The University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory (TAO) Project is to construct and operate a 6.5m infrared telescope at the summit of Co. Chajnantor (altitude 5640m) in northern Chile by UTokyo. Thanks to the dry climate and the high altitude, excellent observation condition in the NIR to MIR wavelengths is verified with a pathfinder 1-m telescope miniTAO. The 6.5m telescope has two Nasmyth foci where two facility instruments, SWIMS for the near-infrared and MIMIZUKU for the mid- infrared, will be installed and two folded- Cassegrain foci for carry-in instruments. I will give project overview and the curren status of TAO project, as well as key science topics.