The MANIFEST pre-concept design

J. Lawrence, S. Ben-Ami, A. Braulio, M. Colless, A. Contos, D. DePoy, D. Faes, P. Gillingham, M. Goodwin, E. Houston, K. Kuehn, C. Lacombe, N. Lorente, S. Mali, J. Marshall, H. McGregor, R. Millan-Gabet, V. Nichani, V. Neves Hartmann, E. O'BrienC. Mendes de Oliveira, H. Ortolan, P. Pires, R. Ribeiro, W. Saunders, L. Schmidt, A. Souza, A. Szentgyorgyi, L. Waller, T. Zafar, J. Zheng

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MANIFEST is a multi-object fibre positioner for the Giant Magellan Telescope that uses ‘Starbug’ robots to accurately position fibre units across the telescope’s focal plane. MANIFEST, when coupled to the telescope’s planned seeing-limited instruments, GMACS and GCLEF, offers access to: larger fields of view; higher multiplex gains; versatile focal plane reformatting of the focal plane via multiple integral-field-units; increased spectral resolution using image-slicers; the capability for simultaneous observations with multiple instruments; the possibility of a gravity-invariant spectrograph mounting; the potential for OH suppression via fiber systems in the near-infrared; and the versatility of adding new instruments in the future. We have now completed the pre-concept phase for MANIFEST. This phase has focused on developing the science case and requirements, further developing high risk aspects of the instrument design, designing the opto-mechanical interfaces to the GMACS and GCLEF instruments, and detailing the interfaces to the GMT.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Julia J. Bryant, Kentaro Motohara
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636828
ISBN (Print)9781510636811
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2020
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII - Virtual, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202022 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
CountryUnited States

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  • fibre positioner
  • fibre positioning systems
  • Starbugs
  • GMT


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