A mid-infrared imager and spectrometer is being investigated for possible construction in the early operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Combined with the mid-infrared adaptive optics system (MIRAO), the instrument will afford ~15 times higher sensitivity and ~4 times better spatial resolution (~0.07") at 10 microns compared to 8-m class telescopes. Additionally, by exploiting the large collection area of TMT, the high-dispersion spectroscopy mode will be unrivaled by other ground- and space-based facilities. These combined capabilities allow for breakthrough science, and establish 'workhorse' observing modes for imaging and low/moderate spectral resolution.
Click here for the MICHI 2018 SPIE paper, based heavily the white paper submitted the TMT SAC in early 2018.