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 provides 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. SEQUOIA will be install and commissioned in 2017, and will be available for science observations in 2018.
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). 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.