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Final design and progress of 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 L. Aguerri; Kevin Middleton; Chris Benn; Kevin Dee; Frédéric Sayède; Ian Lewis; Johannes Pragt; Sergio Pico; Nic Walton; Jeurg Rey; Carlos Allende Prieto; José Peñate; Emilie Lhome; Tibor Agócs; José Alonso; David Terrett; Matthew Brock; James Gilbert; Ellen Schallig; Andy Ridings; Isabelle Guinouard; Marc Verheijen; Ian Tosh; Kevin Rogers; Martin Lee; Iain Steele; Remko Stuik; Niels Tromp; Attila Jaskó; Esperanza Carrasco; Szigfrid Farcas; Jan Kragt; Dirk Lesman; Gabby Kroes; Chris Mottram; Stuart Bates; Luis Fernando Rodriguez; Frank Gribbin; José Miguel Delgado; José Miguel Herreros; Carlos Martin; Diego Cano; Ramon Navarro; Mike Irwin; Jim Lewis; Eduardo Gonzalez Solares; David Murphy; Clare Worley; Richard Bassom; Neil O'Mahoney; Andrea Bianco; Christina Zurita; Rik ter Horst; Emilio Molinari; Marcello Lodi; José Guerra; Adrian Martin; Antonella Vallenari; Bernardo Salasnich; Andrea Baruffolo; Shoko Jin; Vanessa Hill; Dan Smith; Janet Drew; Bianca Poggianti; Mat Pieri; Lillian Dominquez Palmero; Cecilia Farina
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Paper Abstract

We present the Final Design of the WEAVE next-generation spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope (WHT), together with a status update on the details of manufacturing, integration and the overall project schedule now that all the major fabrication contracts are in place. We also present a summary of the current planning behind the 5-year initial phase of survey operations. WEAVE will provide optical ground-based follow up of 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 (dual-beam) spectrograph, with total of 16k spectral pixels, 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 manufacturing and integration phase with first light expected for early of 2018.

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Date Published: 4 August 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99081G (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231078
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Gavin Dalton, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Scott Trager, Univ. Groningen (Netherlands)
Don Carlos Abrams, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Piercarlo Bonifacio, GEPI, Observatoire de Paris, PSL Research Univ., CNRS, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
J. Alfonso L. 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, PSL Research Univ., CNRS, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
Ian Lewis, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Johannes Pragt, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Sergio Pico, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Nic Walton, Institute of Astronomy (United Kingdom)
Jeurg 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 Astrofísica 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)
Ellen Schallig, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Andy Ridings, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Isabelle Guinouard, GEPI, Observatoire de Paris, PSL Research Univ., CNRS, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
Marc Verheijen, Univ. Groningen (Netherlands)
Ian Tosh, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Kevin Rogers, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Martin Lee, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Iain Steele, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Remko Stuik, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Niels Tromp, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Attila Jaskó, Konkoly Observatory (Hungary)
Esperanza Carrasco, INAOE (Mexico)
Szigfrid Farcas, Konkoly Observatory (Hungary)
Jan Kragt, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Dirk Lesman, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Gabby Kroes, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Chris Mottram, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Stuart Bates, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Frank Gribbin, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
José Miguel Delgado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
José Miguel Herreros, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Carlos Martin, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Diego Cano, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Ramon Navarro, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Mike Irwin, Institute of Astronomy (United Kingdom)
Jim Lewis, Institute of Astronomy (United Kingdom)
Eduardo Gonzalez Solares, Institute of Astronomy (United Kingdom)
David Murphy, Institute of Astronomy (United Kingdom)
Clare Worley, Institute of Astronomy (United Kingdom)
Richard Bassom, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Neil O'Mahoney, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Andrea Bianco, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Christina Zurita, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Rik ter Horst, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Emilio Molinari, Fundación Galileo Galilei - INAF (Spain)
Marcello Lodi, Fundación Galileo Galilei - INAF (Spain)
José Guerra, Fundación Galileo Galilei - INAF (Spain)
Adrian Martin, Fundación Galileo Galilei - INAF (Spain)
Antonella Vallenari, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Bernardo Salasnich, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Andrea Baruffolo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Shoko Jin, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Univ. Groningen (Netherlands)
Vanessa Hill, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (France)
Dan Smith, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)
Janet Drew, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)
Bianca Poggianti, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Mat Pieri, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Lillian Dominquez Palmero, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Cecilia Farina, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9908:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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