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WEAVE: the next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope
Author(s): Gavin Dalton; Scott C. Trager; Don Carlos Abrams; David Carter; Piercarlo Bonifacio; J. Alfonso L. Aguerri; Mike MacIntosh; Chris Evans; Ian Lewis; Ramon Navarro; Tibor Agocs; Kevin Dee; Sophie Rousset; Ian Tosh; Kevin Middleton; Johannes Pragt; David Terrett; Matthew Brock; Chris Benn; Marc Verheijen; Diego Cano Infantes; Craige Bevil; Iain Steele; Chris Mottram; Stuart Bates; Francis J. Gribbin; Jürg Rey; Luis Fernando Rodriguez; Jose Miguel Delgado; Isabelle Guinouard; Nic Walton; Michael J. Irwin; Pascal Jagourel; Remko Stuik; Gerrit Gerlofsma; Ronald Roelfsma; Ian Skillen; Andy Ridings; Marc Balcells; Jean-Baptiste Daban; Carole Gouvret; Lars Venema; Paul Girard
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Paper Abstract

We present the preliminary design of the WEAVE next generation spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope (WHT), principally targeting optical ground-based follow up of upcoming ground-based (LOFAR) and spacebased (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 or up to 30 integral field units for each observation. The fibres are fed to a single spectrograph, with a pair of 8k(spectral) x 6k (spatial) pixel cameras, 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84460P (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925950
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Gavin Dalton, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Scott C. Trager, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
Don Carlos Abrams, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
David Carter, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Piercarlo Bonifacio, Observatoire de Paris (France)
J. Alfonso L. Aguerri, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Mike MacIntosh, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Chris Evans, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Ian Lewis, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Ramon Navarro, NOVA - ASTRON (Netherlands)
Tibor Agocs, NOVA - ASTRON (Netherlands)
Kevin Dee, Engineering & Project Solutions Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Sophie Rousset, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Univ. Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Ian Tosh, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Kevin Middleton, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Johannes Pragt, NOVA - ASTRON (Netherlands)
David Terrett, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Matthew Brock, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Chris Benn, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Marc Verheijen, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
Diego Cano Infantes, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Craige Bevil, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Iain Steele, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Chris Mottram, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Stuart Bates, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Francis J. Gribbin, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Jürg Rey, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Jose Miguel Delgado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Isabelle Guinouard, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Nic Walton, Institute of Astronomy, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Michael J. Irwin, Institute of Astronomy, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Pascal Jagourel, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Remko Stuik, NOVA - ASTRON (Netherlands)
Gerrit Gerlofsma, NOVA - ASTRON (Netherlands)
Ronald Roelfsma, NOVA - ASTRON (Netherlands)
Ian Skillen, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Andy Ridings, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Marc Balcells, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (Spain)
Jean-Baptiste Daban, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Carole Gouvret, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)
Lars Venema, NOVA - ASTRON (Netherlands)
Paul Girard, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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