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, Jonathan S. Lawrence, Sagi Ben-Ami, Sagi Ben-Ami, David M. Brown, David M. Brown, Rebecca A. Brown, Rebecca A. Brown, Scott Case, Scott Case, Steve Chapman, Steve Chapman, Vladimir Churilov, Vladimir Churilov, Matthew Colless, Matthew Colless, Robert Content, Robert Content, Darren Depoy, Darren Depoy, Ian Evans, Ian Evans, Tony Farrell, Tony Farrell, Michael Goodwin, Michael Goodwin, George Jacoby, George Jacoby, Urs Klauser, Urs Klauser, Kyler Kuehn, Kyler Kuehn, Nuria P. F. Lorente, Nuria P. F. Lorente, Slavko Mali, Slavko Mali, Jennifer Marshall, Jennifer Marshall, Rolf Muller, Rolf Muller, Vijay Nichani, Vijay Nichani, Naveen Pai, Naveen Pai, Travis Prochaska, Travis Prochaska, Will Saunders, Will Saunders, Luke Schmidt, Luke Schmidt, Keith Shortridge, Keith Shortridge, Nicholas F. Staszak, Nicholas F. Staszak, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Julia Tims, Julia Tims, Minh V. Vuong, Minh V. Vuong, Lewis G. Waller, Lewis G. Waller, Ross Zhelem, 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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