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9 July 2018 TAIPAN: the AAO's first Starbug positioner and spectrograph (Conference Presentation)
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The AAO’s TAIPAN instrument is a multi-object fibre positioner and spectrograph installed on the 1.2m UK-Schmidt telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. The positioner, a prototype for the MANIFEST positioner on the Giant Magellan Telescope, uses independently controlled Starbug robots to position a maximum of 300 optical fibres on a 32cm glass field plate (for a 6 degree field of view), to an accuracy of 5 microns (0.3 arcsec). The Starbug technology allows multi-object spectroscopy to be carried out with a minimum of overhead between observations, significantly decreasing field configuration time. Over the next 5 years the TAIPAN instrument will be used for two southern-hemisphere surveys: Taipan, a spectroscopic survey of 1x10^6 galaxies at z<0.3, and FunnelWeb, a stellar survey complete to Gaia G=12.5. In this paper we present an overview of the operational TAIPAN instrument: its design, construction and integration, and discuss the 2017 commissioning campaign and science verification results obtained in early 2018.
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Nuria P. F. Lorente, Kyler Kuehn, Jon S. Lawrence, Carlos Bacigalupo, David Brown, Rebecca Brown, Scott Case, Steve Chapman, Vladimir Churilov, Robert Content, Tony Farrell, Michael Goodwin, Urs Klauser, Slavko Mali, Rolf Muller, Vijay Nichani, Naveen Pai, Scott Smedley, Minh Vuong, Lewis Waller, Ross Zhelem, and Helen McGregor "TAIPAN: the AAO's first Starbug positioner and spectrograph (Conference Presentation)", Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107021A (9 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2313032
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