LMT staff and students during a Helium transfer for AzTEC, one of the LMT commissioned instruments available for early science observations.
The suite of LMT instrumentation will provide a combination of broad-band continuum and heterodyne receivers, and includes three instruments (SEQUOIA, Redshift Search Receiver, and AzTEC) that have already been successfully commissioned and operated on other (sub)millimeter telescopes (FCRAO 14-m, JCMT, and ASTE).
The Redshift Search Receiver and AzTEC, a wide-band 3 mm spectrometer and a 1.1 mm continuum camera respectively, conducted the first-light scientific demonstration observations on the LMT in June and July 2011. Both instruments have been available for the different shared-risk Early Science campaigns, which begun in the spring of 2013.
The LMT has developed the capability for Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI: at 3mm with the RSR and at 1.3mm with a devoted camera), and is planning to install and commission SEQUOIA in 2016. A program of instrument development continues to take advantage of technological advances in the on-going effort to provide the next-generation of state-of-the-art LMT instruments.