Wide-field multi-object spectroscopy with MANIFEST

Jon Lawrence*, Sagi Ben-Ami, David M. Brown, Rebecca Brown, Scott Case, Timothy Chin, Matthew Colless, Adam Contos, Darren Depoy, Ian Evans, Daniel Faes, Tony Farrell, Peter Gillingham, Michael Goodwin, Sungwook E. Hong, Narae Hwang, Wong Seob Jeong, Urs Klauser, Kyler Kuehn, Nuria LorenteSlavko Mali, Jennifer Marshall, Helen Mcgregor, Rolf Muller, Rafael Millan-Gabet, Vijay Nichani, Claudia Mendes De Oliveira, Henrique Ortolan, Naveen Pai, Sung Joon Park, Travis Prochaska, Will Saunders, Luke Schmidt, Aline Souza, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Lew Waller, Ross Zhelem

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MANIFEST is a multi-object fibre facility 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 seeinglimited instruments, offers access to larger fields of view; higher multiplex gains; versatile focal plane reformatting of the focal plane via integral-field-units; image-slicers; and in some cases higher spatial and spectral resolution. The TAIPAN instrument on the UK Schmidt Telescope is now close to science verification which will demonstrate the feasibility of the Starbug concept. We are now moving into the conceptual development phase for MANIFEST, with a focus on developing interfaces for the telescope and for the instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Luc Simard, Hideki Takami
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781510619586
ISBN (Print)9781510619579
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2018
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 201814 Jun 2018

Publication series

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


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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  • fibre positioner
  • fibre positioning systems
  • fibre robots
  • GMT
  • Starbugs


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