Towards a spectroscopic survey of one hundred thousand spatially-resolved galaxies with Hector

Jon S. Lawrence, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, David Brown, Julia J. Bryant, Gerald Cecil, Robert Content, Scott Croom, Luke Gers, Peter R. Gillingham, Samuel Richards, Will Saunders, Nick Staszak

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Abstract

Hector is an instrument concept for a multi integral-field-unit spectrograph aimed at obtaining a tenfold increase in capability over the current generation of such instruments. The key science questions for this instrument include how do galaxies get their gas, how is star formation and nuclear activity affected by environment, what is the role of feedback, and what processes can be linked to galaxy groups and clusters. The baseline design for Hector incorporates multiple hexabundle fibre integral-field-units that are each positioned using Starbug robots across a three-degree field at the Anglo-Australian Telescope. The Hector fibres feed dedicated fixed-format spectrographs, for which the parameter space is currently being explored.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
EditorsSuzanne K. Ramsay, Ian S. McLean, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
PublisherSPIE
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780819496157
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 22 Jun 201426 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
Volume9147
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period22/06/1426/06/14

Keywords

  • AAT
  • fibre positioners
  • hexabundles
  • integral field unit
  • spatially resolved spectroscopy
  • Starbugs

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    Lawrence, J. S., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Brown, D., Bryant, J. J., Cecil, G., Content, R., ... Staszak, N. (2014). Towards a spectroscopic survey of one hundred thousand spatially-resolved galaxies with Hector. In S. K. Ramsay, I. S. McLean, & H. Takami (Eds.), Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V (pp. 1-8). [91476Y] (Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 9147). Bellingham, Washington: SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055734