22 July 2014 The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer: the science driven design rationale
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The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE; previously, the Next Generation CFHT) will fill a missing link in the international suite of optical-infra-red facilities in the 2020s, and will provide a key capability for multi-wavelength science, namely: fully dedicated, 10m-class, wide-field spectroscopy of thousands of objects per hour at spectral resolutions ranging from R = 2000 to ≥ 20000. This facility will be provided by upgrading the existing CFHT and expanding the partnership. A Project Office has been established to lead the continued scientific, technical and partnership development and complete a Construction Proposal for the facility. Here, we review the current status of the science development, in particular discussing the mechanisms by which the principal science drivers flow into the technical design, and we discuss how the facility will be optimized to satisfy demanding scientific specifications.
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Alan McConnachie, Alan McConnachie, Rick Murowinski, Rick Murowinski, Derrick Salmon, Derrick Salmon, Doug Simons, Doug Simons, Patrick Côté, Patrick Côté, } "The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer: the science driven design rationale", Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 914519 (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057121; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057121
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