Paul Ho Talk – University of Copenhagen

Paul Ho Talk

Speaker: Dr. Paul Ho, director of the East Asian Observatory and PI for the GLT

Title: "The current status of the Greenland Telescope (GLT)"

The GLT is a 12m submillimeter telescope which will target the imaging of the supermassive black hole in M87 via VLBI techniques.  The GLT will also operate in the THz window as a single dish telescope in order to pursue wide-field imaging and spectroscopy. 

The GLT is an undertaking between the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, along with MIT Haystack Observatory and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, to deploy a state-of-the-art sub-mm/THz telescope at an NSF Arctic research station at the Greenland Summit station. This telescope will be the first observatory to be established in the arctic zone. 

The location of the telescope has been chosen for its suitability for mm-wave VLBI observations of the super-massive black hole at the center of M87, and for its excellent sub-mm and THz observing conditions. First light and commissioning observations are planned for winter 2016/2017, with full science operations in 2018.

The Dr. Paul Ho is visiting the Niels Bohr institute in the week of 6-10 October to probe Danish interest in joining the project.