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Black Hole Astrophysics with VLBI: Past, Present, and Future
- Workshop in honor of Professor INOUE Makoto's retirement -
March 27(Mon)-29(Wed), 2017
Mitaka Campus, NAOJ, Tokyo, Japan

Invited Presentation

The Greenland Telescope project and its status.

Author(s): Ming-Tang Chen, on behalf of the GLT project

Presenter: Ming-Tang Chen (Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics)

The Greenland Telescope project is about deploying a 12-meter antenna to a high site in Greenland. We have two primary scientific goals: To image the shadow of supermassive black hole in M87, and to conduct astronomy observation in tera-hertz frequencies. Since the ALMA North America Prototype Antenna was awarded to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in 2011, SAO and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics (ASIAA) are working jointly to retrofit the antenna for the cold environment and to stage sites in Greenland for operations. I will show the status of the antenna retrofit and the work carried out at Thule Air Base. These activities are expected to last until the fall of 2017 when commissioning takes place. In parallel, design, fabrication, and testing of the remaining components are taking place in Taiwan.

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