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Moore Foundation funds detector research October 28, 2008

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Artists impression of the 30-m primary mirror of the Thirthy Meter Telescope (TMT)

Artist's impression of the 30-m primary mirror of the Thirthy Meter Telescope (TMT)

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently awarded $2.8 million to researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the development of noiseless detectors in the framework of the Thirty Meter Telescope project. This is really good news for astronomers: not only is it a significant amount of money invested in a hugely important area of our science, the Foundation’s high profile helps raise awareness of the value of this work. Personally I’m happy this research is being carried out at a research institution rather than a private company, as corporate strategies are not always compatible with the “niche applications” that astronomy instruments usually are.

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