8 July 2014 Project overview and update on WEAVE: the next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope
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We present an overview of and status report on the WEAVE next-generation spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope (WHT). WEAVE principally targets optical ground-based follow up of upcoming ground-based (LOFAR) and space-based (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, 20 integral field units, or a single large IFU 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. The project is now in the final design and early procurement phase, with commissioning at the telescope expected in 2017.
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Gavin Dalton, Gavin Dalton, Scott Trager, Scott Trager, Don Carlos Abrams, Don Carlos Abrams, Piercarlo Bonifacio, Piercarlo Bonifacio, J. Alfonso López Aguerri, J. Alfonso López Aguerri, Kevin Middleton, Kevin Middleton, Chris Benn, Chris Benn, Kevin Dee, Kevin Dee, Frédéric Sayède, Frédéric Sayède, Ian Lewis, Ian Lewis, Johan Pragt, Johan Pragt, Sergio Pico, Sergio Pico, Nic Walton, Nic Walton, Juerg Rey, Juerg Rey, Carlos Allende Prieto, Carlos Allende Prieto, José Peñate, José Peñate, Emilie Lhome, Emilie Lhome, Tibor Agócs, Tibor Agócs, José Alonso, José Alonso, David Terrett, David Terrett, Matthew Brock, Matthew Brock, James Gilbert, James Gilbert, Andy Ridings, Andy Ridings, Isabelle Guinouard, Isabelle Guinouard, Mark Verheijen, Mark Verheijen, Ian Tosh, Ian Tosh, Kevin Rogers, Kevin Rogers, Iain Steele, Iain Steele, Remko Stuik, Remko Stuik, Neils Tromp, Neils Tromp, Attila Jasko, Attila Jasko, Jan Kragt, Jan Kragt, Dirk Lesman, Dirk Lesman, Chris Mottram, Chris Mottram, Stuart Bates, Stuart Bates, Frank Gribbin, Frank Gribbin, Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Luis Fernando Rodriguez, José Miguel Delgado, José Miguel Delgado, Carlos Martin, Carlos Martin, Diego Cano, Diego Cano, Ramón Navarro, Ramón Navarro, Mike Irwin, Mike Irwin, Jim Lewis, Jim Lewis, Eduardo Gonzalez Solares, Eduardo Gonzalez Solares, Neil O'Mahony, Neil O'Mahony, Andrea Bianco, Andrea Bianco, Christina Zurita, Christina Zurita, Rik ter Horst, Rik ter Horst, Emilio Molinari, Emilio Molinari, Marcello Lodi, Marcello Lodi, José Guerra, José Guerra, Antonella Vallenari, Antonella Vallenari, Andrea Baruffolo, Andrea Baruffolo, } "Project overview and update on WEAVE: the next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope", Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91470L (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055132; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055132
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