18 July 2014 Field target allocation and routing algorithms for Starbugs
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Abstract
Starbugs are miniaturised robotic devices that position optical fibres over a telescope’s focal plane in parallel operation for high multiplex spectroscopic surveys. The key advantage of the Starbug positioning system is its potential to configure fields of hundreds of targets in a few minutes, consistent with typical detector readout times. Starbugs have been selected as the positioning technology for the TAIPAN (Transforming Astronomical Imaging surveys through Polychromatic Analysis of Nebulae) instrument, a prototype for MANIFEST (Many Instrument Fiber System) on the GMT (Giant Magellan Telescope). TAIPAN consists of a 150-fibre Starbug positioner accessing the 6 degree field-ofview of the AAO’s UK Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. For TAIPAN, it is important to optimise the target allocation and routing algorithms to provide the fastest configurations times. We present details of the algorithms and results of the simulated performance.
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Michael Goodwin, Michael Goodwin, Nuria P. F. Lorente, Nuria P. F. Lorente, Christophe Satorre, Christophe Satorre, Sungwook E. Hong, Sungwook E. Hong, Kyler Kuehn, Kyler Kuehn, Jon S. Lawrence, Jon S. Lawrence, "Field target allocation and routing algorithms for Starbugs", Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91520S (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055047; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055047
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