Scheduled for completion c. 2016,
the GMT will be the
largest ground-based optical/infrared telescope ever built.
Equipped with innovative adaptive optics (AO) systems to
reduce blurring from the atmosphere, the GMT will enable us
to acquire the first images of newly-formed Earth-like
& gas giant planets and the debris that accompanies
planet formation. The GMT may also yield direct images
of older gas giant planets around nearby stars.
As a member of the GMT Science Working Group, I worked
with several colleagues to outline the
mission and capabilities of the GMT. This work culminated
in the successful
review held in February 2006.
The links below summarize some predictions for detection
of exoplanets and debris disks with the GMT.
Imaging debris disks
Imaging molten terrestrial planets
Imaging gas giants around nearby stars