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TAIPAN: optical spectroscopy with StarBugs
Author(s): Kyler Kuehn; Jon Lawrence; David M. Brown; Scott Case; Matthew Colless; Robert Content; Luke Gers; James Gilbert; Michael Goodwin; Andrew M. Hopkins; Michael Ireland; Nuria P. F. Lorente; Rolf Muller; Vijay Nichani; Azizi Rakman; Samuel N. Richards; Will Saunders; Nick F. Staszak; Julia Tims; Lewis G. Waller
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Paper Abstract

TAIPAN is a spectroscopic instrument designed for the UK Schmidt Telescope at the Australian Astronomical Observatory. In addition to undertaking the TAIPAN survey, it will serve as a prototype for the MANIFEST fibre positioner system for the future Giant Magellan Telescope. The design for TAIPAN incorporates up to 300 optical fibres situated within independently-controlled robotic positioners known as Starbugs, allowing precise parallel positioning of every fibre, thus significantly reducing instrument configuration time and increasing observing time. We describe the design of the TAIPAN instrument system, as well as the science that will be accomplished by the TAIPAN survey. We also highlight results from the on-sky tests performed in May 2014 with Starbugs on the UK Schmidt Telescope and briefly introduce the role that Starbugs will play in MANIFEST.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 914710 (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055677
Show Author Affiliations
Kyler Kuehn, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Jon Lawrence, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
David M. Brown, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Scott Case, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Matthew Colless, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Robert Content, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Luke Gers, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
James Gilbert, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Michael Goodwin, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Andrew M. Hopkins, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Michael Ireland, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Nuria P. F. Lorente, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Rolf Muller, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Vijay Nichani, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Azizi Rakman, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Samuel N. Richards, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Will Saunders, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Nick F. Staszak, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Julia Tims, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Lewis G. Waller, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)


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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