WEAVE Detectors Interim

Lead Research Organisation: Liverpool John Moores University
Department Name: Astrophysics Research Institute

Abstract

Start detector procurement for WEAVE

Planned Impact

ARI has a long tradition of strong industrial and PUS engagement. For this particular project we will continue our policy of engagement with engineering firms who will be commissioned to manufacture the structure of the instrument. In the past this has allowed firms working with us to upgrade their skills and machinery to deliver the high precision needed for astronomical instrumentation, allowing them to received a grants and R&D tax credits in order to upgrade their precision machining capability and safeguarding a number of jobs at the time. In addition such firms have been able to use their work on astronomical instrumentation to enhance their reputation with other customers and has assisted them in gaining access to new markets (for example contracts with ING and CERN).

Publications

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Walton Nicholas (2015) Gaia, PLATO and WEAVE: A Powerful combination for Exoplanet Characterisation in AAS/Division for Extreme Solar Systems Abstracts

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Pieri M. M. (2016) WEAVE-QSO: A Massive Intergalactic Medium Survey for the William Herschel Telescope in SF2A-2016: Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Mongui (2016) A WEAVE Radial Velocity Survey to Unravel the Nature of the Milky Way's Spiral Arms in Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys, and Wide Fields

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Molinari E. (2016) WAS: Textures of the WEAVE Science Archive in Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys, and Wide Fields

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Schultheis Mathias (2016) Large surveys of Galactic populations with the new WEAVE faciligy in Galactic Surveys: New Results on Formation, Evolution, Structure and Chemical Evolution of the Milky Way

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Ham S. J. (2016) Towards an Integrated Model of the WEAVE Performance in Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys, and Wide Fields

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Gilbert J. (2016) Verification of Commercial Motor Performance for WEAVE at the William Herschel Telescope in Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys, and Wide Fields

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Bonifacio P. (2016) WEAVE an overview and status update in SF2A-2016: Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics

 
Description This is an interim grant to begin work on the development of detectors for the WEAVE spectrograph. The main element of this work is to come in the final work package now underway - this funding was used to develop the project to conceptual design and make a downpayment on array production.
Exploitation Route Experiments with pseudo-dummy and dummy CCD outputs to reduce common read house.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

 
Description Collaboration with Isaac Newton Group 
Organisation Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING)
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Joint development of detector systems
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in operations and use
Impact Development in ongoing, with completion of the new system due in 2018.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with University of Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Scientific Expertise, Access to telescope time
Collaborator Contribution Scientific Expertise, Financial Contribution
Impact Collaboration on followup of LOFAR radio transients starting in early 2014.
Start Year 2014