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.


Detailed information on the groundbreaking science we hope to uncover with MICHI.


A more in-depth technical description of the instrument we hope to build.


The team bringing you MICHI.



Paper already in print describing MICHI.