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The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer: the science driven design rationale
Author(s): Alan McConnachie; Rick Murowinski; Derrick Salmon; Doug Simons; Patrick Côté
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Paper Abstract

The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE; previously, the Next Generation CFHT) will fill a missing link in the international suite of optical-infra-red facilities in the 2020s, and will provide a key capability for multi-wavelength science, namely: fully dedicated, 10m-class, wide-field spectroscopy of thousands of objects per hour at spectral resolutions ranging from R = 2000 to ≥ 20000. This facility will be provided by upgrading the existing CFHT and expanding the partnership. A Project Office has been established to lead the continued scientific, technical and partnership development and complete a Construction Proposal for the facility. Here, we review the current status of the science development, in particular discussing the mechanisms by which the principal science drivers flow into the technical design, and we discuss how the facility will be optimized to satisfy demanding scientific specifications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 914519 (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057121
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Alan McConnachie, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Rick Murowinski, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Derrick Salmon, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Doug Simons, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
Patrick Côté, NRC - Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9145:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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