CATAC Committee

The CASCA/ACURA TMT Advisory Committee

Phone: 519 888 4567 x37518

Recent News

  • Feb 4, 2021: House Speaker Scott Saiki has announced that he would like to see a new management structure of Mauna Kea to replace UH. See the full story here, as well as a response from UH, here.
  • Dec 31, 2020:State-commissioned independent Evaluation of the Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan is released. The review was led by Dawn Naomi S. Chang of Ku`iwalu
  • Dec 24, 2020: Read CATAC’s article for the latest Cassiopeia newsletter
  • Dec 12, 2020: CATAC report to CASCA Board is published
  • Dec 4, 2020: The TMT Exoplanet Roadmap Committee is considering the prioritization of desired exoplanet capabilities for planned second-generation TMT instruments: PSI, MICHI and HROS. The prioritization would be a function of the various instrument modes (imaging, spectroscopy, polarimetry) and their implementation (resolution, IFU, choice of wavelengths/bands). A summary of these capabilities is available here. Input from the Canadian community is welcome and we have prepared an Excel template to record your prioritization here. Please complete this and send it to Stan Metchev ( To be most useful we would like your responses by Monday Jan 11.
  • Sept 23, 2020: Read CATAC’s article for the latest Cassiopeia newsletter
  • Aug 18, 2020: National Science Foundation (NSF) has initiated an informal outreach process to engage stakeholders interested in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. See the NSF statement and press release from Speaker Saiki.

Documents and Reports

Selected CATAC meetings

Date Topic Public or closed Support Documentation
Jan 15, 2019 Adaptive Secondary Mirror for TMT Closed (with Glen Herriot, NRC)
Dec 19, 2017 WFOS update (Bundy) closed WFOS presentation
Sept 26, 2017 Presentation from Ed Stone and Gary Sanders open
March 28 bMICHI
public Packham presentation
March 21 AO performance of TMT@ORM
Discussion slides
public Vernin et al. (2011)
TMT Image quality at Mauna Kea and LaPalma (Hickson, updated Mar 24)
Response to above (Schoeck/Vogiatzis)
March 14 ORM Site Characteristics (minutes) closed Schoeck Presentation
March 7 What do Canadians expect from an ELT? (Minutes) public
Feb 21 First light instrumentation (minutes)
Presentation (Simard)
Feb 7 Update from Board and SAC meetings closed
Jan 24, 2017 Kickoff meeting closed




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