4 August 2016 Final design and progress of WEAVE: the next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope
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We present the Final Design of the WEAVE next-generation spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope (WHT), together with a status update on the details of manufacturing, integration and the overall project schedule now that all the major fabrication contracts are in place. We also present a summary of the current planning behind the 5-year initial phase of survey operations. WEAVE will provide optical ground-based follow up of 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 (dual-beam) spectrograph, with total of 16k spectral pixels, 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 manufacturing and integration phase with first light expected for early of 2018.
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Gavin Dalton, Gavin Dalton, Scott Trager, Scott Trager, Don Carlos Abrams, Don Carlos Abrams, Piercarlo Bonifacio, Piercarlo Bonifacio, J. Alfonso L. Aguerri, J. Alfonso L. Aguerri, Kevin Middleton, Kevin Middleton, Chris Benn, Chris Benn, Kevin Dee, Kevin Dee, Frédéric Sayède, Frédéric Sayède, Ian Lewis, Ian Lewis, Johannes Pragt, Johannes Pragt, Sergio Pico, Sergio Pico, Nic Walton, Nic Walton, Jeurg Rey, Jeurg 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, Ellen Schallig, Ellen Schallig, Andy Ridings, Andy Ridings, Isabelle Guinouard, Isabelle Guinouard, Marc Verheijen, Marc Verheijen, Ian Tosh, Ian Tosh, Kevin Rogers, Kevin Rogers, Martin Lee, Martin Lee, Iain Steele, Iain Steele, Remko Stuik, Remko Stuik, Niels Tromp, Niels Tromp, Attila Jaskó, Attila Jaskó, Esperanza Carrasco, Esperanza Carrasco, Szigfrid Farcas, Szigfrid Farcas, Jan Kragt, Jan Kragt, Dirk Lesman, Dirk Lesman, Gabby Kroes, Gabby Kroes, Chris Mottram, Chris Mottram, Stuart Bates, Stuart Bates, Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Frank Gribbin, Frank Gribbin, José Miguel Delgado, José Miguel Delgado, José Miguel Herreros, José Miguel Herreros, Carlos Martin, Carlos Martin, Diego Cano, Diego Cano, Ramon Navarro, Ramon Navarro, Mike Irwin, Mike Irwin, Jim Lewis, Jim Lewis, Eduardo Gonzalez Solares, Eduardo Gonzalez Solares, David Murphy, David Murphy, Clare Worley, Clare Worley, Richard Bassom, Richard Bassom, Neil O'Mahoney, Neil O'Mahoney, 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, Adrian Martin, Adrian Martin, Antonella Vallenari, Antonella Vallenari, Bernardo Salasnich, Bernardo Salasnich, Andrea Baruffolo, Andrea Baruffolo, Shoko Jin, Shoko Jin, Vanessa Hill, Vanessa Hill, Dan Smith, Dan Smith, Janet Drew, Janet Drew, Bianca Poggianti, Bianca Poggianti, Mat Pieri, Mat Pieri, Lillian Dominquez Palmero, Lillian Dominquez Palmero, Cecilia Farina, Cecilia Farina, } "Final design and progress of WEAVE: the next generation wide-field spectroscopy facility for the William Herschel Telescope", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99081G (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231078; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231078
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