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The MANIFEST prototyping design study

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Jonathan S. Lawrence, David M. Brown, Rebecca A. Brown, Scott Case, Steve Chapman, Vladimir Churilov, Robert Content, Tony Farrell, Michael Goodwin, Urs Klauser, Kyler Kuehn, Nuria P. F. Lorente, Slavko Mali, Rolf Muller, Vijay Nichani, Naveen Pai, Will Saunders, Keith Shortridge, Nicholas F. Staszak, Julia Tims, Minh V. Vuong, Lewis G. Waller, Ross Zhelem

Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)

Sagi Ben-Ami, Ian Evans, Andrew Szentgyorgyi

Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)

Matthew Colless

The Australian National Univ. (Australia)

Darren Depoy, Jennifer Marshall, Travis Prochaska, Luke Schmidt

Texas A&M Univ. (United States)

George Jacoby

Giant Magellan Telescope/Carnegie Observatories (United States)

Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99089O (August 9, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2232412
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  • Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
  • Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom | June 26, 2016

abstract

MANIFEST is a facility multi-object fibre system for the Giant Magellan Telescope, which uses ‘Starbug’ fibre positioning robots. MANIFEST, when coupled to the telescope’s planned seeing-limited instruments, GMACS, and G-CLEF, offers access to: larger fields of view; higher multiplex gains; versatile reformatting of the focal plane via IFUs; image-slicers; and in some cases higher spatial and spectral resolution. The Prototyping Design Study phase for MANIFEST, nearing completion, has focused on developing a working prototype of a Starbugs system, called TAIPAN, for the UK Schmidt Telescope, which will conduct a stellar and galaxy survey of the Southern sky. The Prototyping Design Study has also included work on the GMT instrument interfaces. In this paper, we outline the instrument design features of TAIPAN, highlight the modifications that will be necessary for the MANIFEST implementation, and provide an update on the MANIFEST/instrument interfaces. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Jonathan S. Lawrence ; Sagi Ben-Ami ; David M. Brown ; Rebecca A. Brown ; Scott Case, et al.
" The MANIFEST prototyping design study ", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99089O (August 9, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2232412; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2232412


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