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The MANIFEST prototyping design study
Author(s): Jonathan S. Lawrence; Sagi Ben-Ami; David M. Brown; Rebecca A. Brown; Scott Case; Steve Chapman; Vladimir Churilov; Matthew Colless; Robert Content; Darren Depoy; Ian Evans; Tony Farrell; Michael Goodwin; George Jacoby; Urs Klauser; Kyler Kuehn; Nuria P. F. Lorente; Slavko Mali; Jennifer Marshall; Rolf Muller; Vijay Nichani; Naveen Pai; Travis Prochaska; Will Saunders; Luke Schmidt; Keith Shortridge; Nicholas F. Staszak; Andrew Szentgyorgyi; Julia Tims; Minh V. Vuong; Lewis G. Waller; Ross Zhelem
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Paper 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99089O (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232412
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Jonathan S. Lawrence, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Sagi Ben-Ami, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
David M. Brown, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Rebecca A. Brown, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Scott Case, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Steve Chapman, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Vladimir Churilov, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Matthew Colless, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Robert Content, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Darren Depoy, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Ian Evans, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Tony Farrell, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Michael Goodwin, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
George Jacoby, Giant Magellan Telescope/Carnegie Observatories (United States)
Urs Klauser, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Kyler Kuehn, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Nuria P. F. Lorente, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Slavko Mali, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Jennifer Marshall, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Rolf Muller, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Vijay Nichani, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Naveen Pai, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Travis Prochaska, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Will Saunders, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Luke Schmidt, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Keith Shortridge, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Nicholas F. Staszak, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Julia Tims, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Minh V. Vuong, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Lewis G. Waller, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Ross Zhelem, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)


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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