References

The references below contain lots of information about the TMT site testing program, the candidate sites, instruments and results.

Note: For copyright reasons, we cannot provide PDFs of the published papers here. The links below are to the SAO/NASA ADS abstract service, from where you can download the papers if you have access to the respective journal.

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The TMT Site Testing Results paper series

M. Schöck et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac. 121 (878), pp. 384-395 (2009)

A. Walker et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing II: Candidate Site Selection", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac., in preparation

R. Riddle et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing III: TMT Robotic Site Testing System A", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac., submitted

R. Riddle et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing IV: TMT Robotic Site Testing System B", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac., in preparation

W. Skidmore et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing V: Seeing and Isoplanatic Angle", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac. 121 (884), pp. 1151-1166 (2009)

S. Els et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing VI: Turbulence Profiles", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac. 121 (879), pp. 527-543 (2009)

T. Travouillon et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing VII: Turbulence Coherence Time", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac. 121 (881), pp. 787-796 (2009)

W. Skidmore et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing VIII: Meteorological Parameters", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac., in preparation

W. Skidmore et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing IX: Cloud Cover and Light Pollution", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac., in preparation

A. Otárola et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing X: Precipitable Water Vapor", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac., submitted

M. Schöck et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing XI: Combined Parameters", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac, in preparation

J. Nelson et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing XII: Summary and Site Merit Function", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac., in preparation


Other Refereed Publications

L. Wang et al., "High-accuracy differential image motion monitor measurements for the Thirty Meter Telescope site testing program", Appl. Opt. 46 (25), pp. 6460-6468 (2007)

S. Els et al., "Study on the precision of the multiaperture scintillation sensor turbulence profiler (MASS) employed in the site testing campaign for the Thirty Meter Telescope", Appl. Opt. 47 (14), pp. 2610-2618 (2008)

S. Els et al., "Four Years of Optical Turbulence Monitoring at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO)", Publ. Astr. Soc. Pac. 121 (882), pp. 922-934 (2009)

T. Travouillon et al., "Using a SODAR to Measure Optical Turbulence for TMT Site Testing - Part I: Reproducibility", submitted to Boundary-Layer Meteorology

T. Travouillon et al., "Using a SODAR to Measure Optical Turbulence for TMT Site Testing - Part II: Comparison with independent instruments", submitted to Boundary-Layer Meteorology


Conference Proceedings

M. Schöck et al., "CELT site testing program", Proc. SPIE 4840, pp. 541-552 (2002)

W. Skidmore et al., "The Thirty Meter Telescope site testing system", Proc. SPIE 5489, pp. 154-164 (2004)

E. Els and K. Vogiatzis., "TMT studies on the influence of short term changes of local thermodynamic conditions on the seeing: CFD vs. observations", Proc. SPIE 6267, p. 626723 (2006)

R. Riddle et al., "The Thirty Meter Telescope site testing robotic computer system", Proc. SPIE 6267, p. 62671Q (2006)

D. Walker et al., "Monitoring the night sky with the Cerro Tololo All-Sky camera for the TMT and LSST projects", Proc. SPIE 6267, p. 62672O (2006)

L. Wang et al., "High accuracy DIMM measurements for the TMT site testing program", Proc. SPIE 6267, p. 62671S (2006)

S. Els et al., "The site testing for the Thirty Meter Telescope and its potential role in developing the shortterm forecasting of observing conditions", Astronomische Nachrichten, 328 (7), p. 625 (2007)

M. Schöck et al., "Status of the TMT Site Evaluation Process",Workshop on Astronomical Site Evaluation, Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica (Serie de Conferencias) 31, pp. 10-17 (2007)

R. Riddle et al., "The Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing Robotic Computer System", AAS meeting #211, Austin, TX, 7-11 January 2008

M. Schöck et al., "Status of the Thirty Meter Telescope site selection program", Proc. SPIE 7012, p. 70121X (2008)

T. Travouillon et al., "Temporal variability of the seeing of TMT sites", Proc. SPIE 7012, p. 701220 (2008)

S. Els et al., "The Multi Aperture Scintillation Sensor (MASS) used in the site selection of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)", Proc. SPIE 7012, p. 701222 (2008)

R. Riddle et al., "An analysis of light pollution at the Thirty Meter Telescope candidate sites", Proc. SPIE 7012, p. 701223 (2008)

W. Skidmore et al., "Using All Sky Cameras to determine cloud statistics for the Thirty Meter Telescope candidate sites", Proc. SPIE 7012, p. 701224 (2008)

R. Riddle et al., "TMT Site Testing Survey: Instruments, Methods and Operations", Proc. of the Optical Turbulence Characterization for Astronomical Applications Meeting, Sardinia, Italy, 15-18 September 2008, pp.90-97

R. Riddle et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing: Light Pollution Analysis", AAS meeting #213, Long Beach, CA, 4-8 January 2009

M. Schöck et al., "TMT Site Testing Survey: Calibration and Results", Proc. of the Optical Turbulence Characterization for Astronomical Applications Meeting, Sardinia, Italy, 15-18 September 2008, pp.98-107

O. Cuevas et al., "Meteorological Study of an Event of Occurrence of Optical Turbulence at the TMT Candidate Sites", Proc. of the Optical Turbulence Characterization for Astronomical Applications Meeting, Sardinia, Italy, 15-18 September 2008, pp. 216-223

S. Els et al., "The Ground Layer Turbulence Observed by Mass-DIMM During the TMT Site Testing and its Relation to Meteorological Parameters", Proc. of the Optical Turbulence Characterization for Astronomical Applications Meeting, Sardinia, Italy, 15-18 September 2008, pp. 224-231

T. Travouillon et al., "Correlating Sodar Turbulence Measurements with Ground Heat Flux Data", Proc. of the Optical Turbulence Characterization for Astronomical Applications Meeting, Sardinia, Italy, 15-18 September 2008, pp. 248-255

R. Riddle et al., "Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing: Operating a Network of Robotic Site Testing Stations", AAS meeting #214, Pasadena, CA, 7-11 June 2009


Unpublished Reports

TMT Internal Report, TMT Site Testing Final Report, April 2008

TMT Internal Report, TMT Site Selection Results Update, April 2008

TMT Internal Report, Results Update from the 30-m Towers, April 2008