The MANIFEST prototyping design study

Jon S. Lawrence, Sagi Ben-Ami, David M. Brown, Rebecca 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 L. Marshall, Rolf MullerVijay Nichani, Naveen Pai, Travis Prochaska, Will Saunders, Luke Schmidt, Keith Shortridge, Nicholas F. Staszak, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Julia Tims, Minh Vuong, Lew 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
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Luc Simard, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601963
ISBN (Print)9781510601956
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Publication series

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


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
CountryUnited Kingdom

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Copyright 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.


  • Fibre positioner
  • Fibre positioning systems
  • Fibre robots
  • GMT
  • Starbugs


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