The TAIPAN Starbugs fibre positioner and spectrograph: integration, commissioning, and initial performance

Nuria P. F. Lorente*, Michael Birchall, Rebecca Brown, Scott Case, Steve Chapman, Vladimir Churilov, Tony Farrell, Nuwanthika Fernando, Michael Goodwin, Anthony Horton, Urs Klauser, Kyler Kuehn, Jon Lawrence, Slavko Mali, Helen Mcgregor, Rolf Muller, Vijay Nichani, Naveen Pai, Scott Smedley, Minh VuongLewis Waller, Ross Zhelem

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Abstract

The Starbug technology1 developed by AAO-MQ allows fibre positioners to be built with large multiplexing capabilities. The Starbug robots are positionable individually and in parallel, which results in significant configuration time improvements over what can be achieved by single-arm pick and place robots. Their design allows the Starbugs to carry a complex payload, and their movement mechanism and vacuum adhesion to the instrument's glass field plate at the telescope's focal plane means that they can be used to position fibres on a non-planar surface.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
EditorsSimon Ellis, Céline d'Orgeville
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
PublisherSPIE
Pages1-2
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781510631472
ISBN (Print)9781510631465
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2020
EventAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 Dec 201912 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume11203
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period9/12/1912/12/19

Keywords

  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Fibre positioner
  • Fibre positioning systems
  • Fibre robots
  • High multiplex and survey instruments
  • Multi-object spectroscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Starbugs
  • TAIPAN

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