24 September 2012 WEAVE: the next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope
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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.
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Gavin Dalton, Gavin Dalton, Scott C. Trager, Scott C. Trager, Don Carlos Abrams, Don Carlos Abrams, David Carter, David Carter, Piercarlo Bonifacio, Piercarlo Bonifacio, J. Alfonso L. Aguerri, J. Alfonso L. Aguerri, Mike MacIntosh, Mike MacIntosh, Chris Evans, Chris Evans, Ian Lewis, Ian Lewis, Ramon Navarro, Ramon Navarro, Tibor Agocs, Tibor Agocs, Kevin Dee, Kevin Dee, Sophie Rousset, Sophie Rousset, Ian Tosh, Ian Tosh, Kevin Middleton, Kevin Middleton, Johannes Pragt, Johannes Pragt, David Terrett, David Terrett, Matthew Brock, Matthew Brock, Chris Benn, Chris Benn, Marc Verheijen, Marc Verheijen, Diego Cano Infantes, Diego Cano Infantes, Craige Bevil, Craige Bevil, Iain Steele, Iain Steele, Chris Mottram, Chris Mottram, Stuart Bates, Stuart Bates, Francis J. Gribbin, Francis J. Gribbin, Jürg Rey, Jürg Rey, Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Jose Miguel Delgado, Jose Miguel Delgado, Isabelle Guinouard, Isabelle Guinouard, Nic Walton, Nic Walton, Michael J. Irwin, Michael J. Irwin, Pascal Jagourel, Pascal Jagourel, Remko Stuik, Remko Stuik, Gerrit Gerlofsma, Gerrit Gerlofsma, Ronald Roelfsma, Ronald Roelfsma, Ian Skillen, Ian Skillen, Andy Ridings, Andy Ridings, Marc Balcells, Marc Balcells, Jean-Baptiste Daban, Jean-Baptiste Daban, Carole Gouvret, Carole Gouvret, Lars Venema, Lars Venema, Paul Girard, Paul Girard, } "WEAVE: the next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope", Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84460P (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925950; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925950
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