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The TAIPAN Starbugs fibre positioner and spectrograph: integration, commissioning, and initial performance
Author(s): Nuria P. F. Lorente; Michael Birchall; Rebecca Brown; Scott Case; Steve Chapman; Vladimir Churilov; Tony Farrell; Nuwanthika Fernando; Michael Goodwin; Anthony Horton; Urs Klauser; Kyler Kuehn; Jon Lawrence; Slavko Mali; Helen McGregor; Rolf Muller; Vijay Nichani; Naveen Pai; Scott Smedley; Minh Vuong; Lewis Waller; Ross Zhelem
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Paper Abstract

The Starbug technology1 developed by AAO-MQ allows fibre positioners to be built with large multiplexing capabilities. The Starbug robots are positionable individually and in parallel, which results in significant configuration time improvements over what can be achieved by single-arm pick and place robots. Their design allows the Starbugs to carry a complex payload, and their movement mechanism and vacuum adhesion to the instrument's glass field plate at the telescope's focal plane means that they can be used to position fibres on a non-planar surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 January 2020
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 11203, Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019, 112030C (3 January 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2541306
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Nuria P. F. Lorente, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Michael Birchall, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Rebecca Brown, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Scott Case, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Steve Chapman, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Vladimir Churilov, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Tony Farrell, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Nuwanthika Fernando, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Michael Goodwin, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Anthony Horton, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Urs Klauser, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Kyler Kuehn, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Jon Lawrence, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Slavko Mali, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Helen McGregor, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Rolf Muller, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Vijay Nichani, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Naveen Pai, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Scott Smedley, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Minh Vuong, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Lewis Waller, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Ross Zhelem, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11203:
Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
Simon C. Ellis; Céline d'Orgeville, Editor(s)

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