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2dF grows up: Echidna for the AAT
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Paper Abstract

We present the concept design of a new fibre positioner and spectrograph system for the Anglo-Australian Telescope, as a proposed enhancement to the Anglo-Australian Observatory's well-known 2dF facility. A four-fold multiplex enhancement is accomplished by replacing the 400-fibre 2dF fibre positioning robot with a 1600-fibre Echidna unit, feeding three clones of the AAOmega optical spectrograph. Such a facility has the capability of a redshift 1 survey of a large fraction of the southern sky, collecting five to ten thousand spectra per night for a million-galaxy survey.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70144K (11 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788605
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew McGrath, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Sam Barden, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Stan Miziarski, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
William Rambold, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)
Greg Smith, Anglo-Australian Observatory (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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