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.
Overview & Status
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.
The following documents outline the requirements and capabilities of the Giant Magellan Telescope’s first suite of scientific instruments.