MANIFEST instrument concept and related technologies

Michael Goodwin*, Jurek Brzeski, Scott Case, Matthew Colless, Tony Farrell, Luke Gers, James Gilbert, Jeroen Heijmans, Andrew Hopkins, Jon Lawrence, Stan Miziarski, Guy Monnet, Rolf Muller, Will Saunders, Greg Smith, Julia Tims, Lew Waller

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The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) has recently completed a feasibility study for a fiber-positioner facility proposed for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), called MANIFEST (the Many Instrument Fiber System). The MANIFEST facility takes full advantage of the wide-field focal plane to efficiently feed a number of focal instruments. It is a simple, flexible and modular design, based on the AAO's experience and R&D with starbugs, robotic positioners, and related fiber technologies for astronomical instrumentation. Up to 2000 individually deployable fiber units are envisaged, with a wide variety of aperture types (single-aperture, image- or pupil-slicing, IFU). MANIFEST allows (a) full use of the GMT's 20' field-of-view, (b) a multiplexed IFU capability, (c) greatly increased spectral resolution via image-slicing, (d) the possibility of OH-suppression in the near-infrared. It is intended that MANIFEST will form part of the GMT facility itself, available to any instrument able to make use of it. In this paper, we report on the recent progress involving the science goals, instrument concept, related technologies and performances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
EditorsIan S. McLean, Suzanne K. Ramsay, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780819491473
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV


  • Extremely large telescopes
  • Fiber positioners
  • OH suppression
  • Starbugs


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