Science with the Giant Magellan Telescope Integral-Field Spectrograph – The next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes will be revolutionary facilities. The Giant Magellan Telescope Integral-Field Spectrograph (GMTIFS) will address science from first-light objects, galaxy feedback, and galaxy assembly to the nature of compact massive objects in nearby galaxies, and to the formation and evolution of stars and planets. GMTIFS is being designed at The Australian National University. It will be the workhorse adaptive-optics instrument on the 22m-diameter GMT when AO operations begin in the early 2020s, contemporaneous with the James Webb Space Telescope.
The goals of this workshop are:
- to inform the US and international communities about the proposed capabilities of GMTIFS and the GMT NGSAO and LTAO systems.
- to ensure that GMTIFS serves the needs of the GMT community by articulating a broad range of science drivers for the instrument.
- to ensure that GMTIFS meets those needs by developing “telescope proposals” for these key science drivers that capture both scientific and technical requirements.