The MANIFEST prototyping design study

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 MullerVijay 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

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    MANIFEST is a facility multi-object fibre system for the Giant Magellan Telescope, which uses â € 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
    EditorsLuc Simard, Christopher J. Evans, Hideki Takami
    ISBN (Electronic)9781510601956
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 26 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X
    ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


    ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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