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.
|Title of host publication||Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII|
|Editors||Christopher J. Evans, Luc Simard, Hideki Takami|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, Washington|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Jul 2018|
|Event||Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018 - Austin, United States|
Duration: 10 Jun 2018 → 14 Jun 2018
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE|
|Conference||Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII 2018|
|Period||10/06/18 → 14/06/18|
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