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Towards a spectroscopic survey of one hundred thousand spatially resolved galaxies with Hector
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Paper Abstract

Hector is an instrument concept for a multi integral-field-unit spectrograph aimed at obtaining a tenfold increase in capability over the current generation of such instruments. The key science questions for this instrument include how do galaxies get their gas, how is star formation and nuclear activity affected by environment, what is the role of feedback, and what processes can be linked to galaxy groups and clusters. The baseline design for Hector incorporates multiple hexabundle fibre integral-field-units that are each positioned using Starbug robots across a three-degree field at the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The Hector fibres feed dedicated fixed-format spectrographs, for which the parameter space is currently being explored.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91476Y (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055734
Show Author Affiliations
Jon S. Lawrence, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Joss Bland-Hawthorn, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
David Brown, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Julia J. Bryant, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Gerald Cecil, The Univ. of North Carolina (United States)
Robert Content, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Scott Croom, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Luke Gers, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Peter R. Gillingham, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Samuel Richards, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Will Saunders, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
Nick Staszak, Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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