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, 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, "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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