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Project overview and update on WEAVE: the next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope
Author(s): Gavin Dalton; Scott Trager; Don Carlos Abrams; Piercarlo Bonifacio; J. Alfonso López Aguerri; Kevin Middleton; Chris Benn; Kevin Dee; Frédéric Sayède; Ian Lewis; Johan Pragt; Sergio Pico; Nic Walton; Juerg Rey; Carlos Allende Prieto; José Peñate; Emilie Lhome; Tibor Agócs; José Alonso; David Terrett; Matthew Brock; James Gilbert; Andy Ridings; Isabelle Guinouard; Mark Verheijen; Ian Tosh; Kevin Rogers; Iain Steele; Remko Stuik; Neils Tromp; Attila Jasko; Jan Kragt; Dirk Lesman; Chris Mottram; Stuart Bates; Frank Gribbin; Luis Fernando Rodriguez; José Miguel Delgado; Carlos Martin; Diego Cano; Ramón Navarro; Mike Irwin; Jim Lewis; Eduardo Gonzalez Solares; Neil O'Mahony; Andrea Bianco; Christina Zurita; Rik ter Horst; Emilio Molinari; Marcello Lodi; José Guerra; Antonella Vallenari; Andrea Baruffolo
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Paper Abstract

We present an overview of and status report on the WEAVE next-generation spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope (WHT). WEAVE principally targets optical ground-based follow up of upcoming ground-based (LOFAR) and space-based (Gaia) surveys. WEAVE is a multi-object and multi-IFU facility utilizing a new 2-degree prime focus field of view at the WHT, with a buffered pick-and-place positioner system hosting 1000 multi-object (MOS) fibres, 20 integral field units, or a single large IFU for each observation. The fibres are fed to a single spectrograph, with a pair of 8k(spectral) x 6k (spatial) pixel cameras, located within the WHT GHRIL enclosure on the telescope Nasmyth platform, supporting observations at R~5000 over the full 370-1000nm wavelength range in a single exposure, or a high resolution mode with limited coverage in each arm at R~20000. The project is now in the final design and early procurement phase, with commissioning at the telescope expected in 2017.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91470L (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055132
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Gavin Dalton, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Scott Trager, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
Don Carlos Abrams, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Piercarlo Bonifacio, GEPI, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
J. Alfonso López Aguerri, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Kevin Middleton, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Chris Benn, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Kevin Dee, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Frédéric Sayède, GEPI, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Ian Lewis, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Johan Pragt, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Sergio Pico, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Nic Walton, Institute of Astronomy, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Juerg Rey, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Carlos Allende Prieto, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
José Peñate, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Emilie Lhome, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Tibor Agócs, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
José Alonso, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
David Terrett, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Matthew Brock, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
James Gilbert, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Andy Ridings, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Isabelle Guinouard, GEPI, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
Mark Verheijen, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
Ian Tosh, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Kevin Rogers, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Iain Steele, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Remko Stuik, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Neils Tromp, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Attila Jasko, Konkoly Observatory (Hungary)
Jan Kragt, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Dirk Lesman, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Chris Mottram, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Stuart Bates, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Frank Gribbin, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
José Miguel Delgado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Carlos Martin, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Diego Cano, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Ramón Navarro, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Mike Irwin, Institute of Astronomy, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Jim Lewis, Institute of Astronomy, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Eduardo Gonzalez Solares, Institute of Astronomy, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Neil O'Mahony, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Andrea Bianco, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Christina Zurita, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Rik ter Horst, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Emilio Molinari, INAF - Fundación Galileo Galilei (Spain)
Marcello Lodi, INAF - Fundación Galileo Galilei (Spain)
José Guerra, INAF - Fundación Galileo Galilei (Spain)
Antonella Vallenari, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Andrea Baruffolo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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