9 August 2016 The MANIFEST prototyping design study
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MANIFEST is a facility multi-object fibre system for the Giant Magellan Telescope, which uses ‘Starbug’ fibre positioning robots. MANIFEST, when coupled to the telescope’s planned seeing-limited instruments, GMACS, and G-CLEF, offers access to: larger fields of view; higher multiplex gains; versatile reformatting of the focal plane via IFUs; image-slicers; and in some cases higher spatial and spectral resolution. The Prototyping Design Study phase for MANIFEST, nearing completion, has focused on developing a working prototype of a Starbugs system, called TAIPAN, for the UK Schmidt Telescope, which will conduct a stellar and galaxy survey of the Southern sky. The Prototyping Design Study has also included work on the GMT instrument interfaces. In this paper, we outline the instrument design features of TAIPAN, highlight the modifications that will be necessary for the MANIFEST implementation, and provide an update on the MANIFEST/instrument interfaces.
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Jonathan S. Lawrence, Sagi Ben-Ami, David M. Brown, Rebecca A. Brown, Scott Case, Steve Chapman, Vladimir Churilov, Matthew Colless, Robert Content, Darren Depoy, Ian Evans, Tony Farrell, Michael Goodwin, George Jacoby, Urs Klauser, Kyler Kuehn, Nuria P. F. Lorente, Slavko Mali, Jennifer Marshall, Rolf Muller, Vijay Nichani, Naveen Pai, Travis Prochaska, Will Saunders, Luke Schmidt, Keith Shortridge, Nicholas F. Staszak, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Julia Tims, Minh V. Vuong, Lewis G. Waller, Ross Zhelem, "The MANIFEST prototyping design study", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99089O (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232412; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232412


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