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3 January 2020 The TAIPAN Starbugs fibre positioner and spectrograph: integration, commissioning, and initial performance
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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.
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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 Vuong, Lewis Waller, and Ross Zhelem "The TAIPAN Starbugs fibre positioner and spectrograph: integration, commissioning, and initial performance", Proc. SPIE 11203, Advances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019, 112030C (3 January 2020); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2541306
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