The Large Millimeter Telescope - early science and future opportunities

Jun 07, 2018 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Campus, PAB 102/103

David Hughes (INAOE)

The Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) Alfonso Serrano is a 50-m diameter single-dish millimeter-wavelength telescope, optimized to conduct scientific observations at frequencies between ~70 and 280 GHz. The LMT is constructed on the summit of Sierra Negra at an altitude of 4600m in the Mexican state of Puebla. The LMT began shared risk early-science operations in 2014, with continuum imaging and spectroscopic observations, as well as VLBI imaging at 3mm and 1.3mm, using the inner 32-m diameter of the primary reflector with an active surface control system. Since early 2018 the LMT has conducted commissioning observations with the full 50-m diameter reflector.  I will describe the current status of the telescope project, the early scientific results and future collaborative opportunities, as well as the plan to improve the overall performance of the telescope and the development of the instrumentation program.