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First lab results of the WEAVE fibre positioner system
Author(s): Ellen Schallig; Ian J. Lewis; Gavin Dalton; Matthew Brock; David Terrett; Don Carlos Abrams; Kevin Middleton; Georgia Bishop; J. Alfonso L. Aguerri; Piercarlo Bonifacio; Esperanza Carrasco Licea; Scott C. Trager; Antonella Vallenari
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Paper Abstract

WEAVE is the new wide-field spectroscopy facility for the prime focus of the William Herschel Telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain. It is a multi-object “pick-and-place” fibre-fed spectrograph with a 960 fibre multiplex behind a new dedicated 2° prime focus corrector. We provide an update on the fibre positioner's technical progress. The hardware has been fully assembled and integrated with its control system for testing. We have made initial calibrations and are starting to move test fibres. In the near future we will dismantle for final modifications and surface anodising, before final reassembly and full fibre installation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107027X (16 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312703
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Ellen Schallig, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Ian J. Lewis, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Gavin Dalton, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Matthew Brock, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
David Terrett, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Don Carlos Abrams, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Kevin Middleton, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Georgia Bishop, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. Alfonso L. Aguerri, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Piercarlo Bonifacio, GEPI, Observatiore de Paris (France)
Esperanza Carrasco Licea, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
Scott C. Trager, Kapteyn Instituut (Netherlands)
Antonella Vallenari, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10702:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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