WEAVE Detectors Interim

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


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).


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Walton N. A. (2016) Gaia and WEAVE/WxES: Supporting the PLATO Exoplanet Hunter in Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys, and Wide Fields

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Vos J (2019) Gaia Data Release 2 catalogue of extremely low-mass white dwarf candidates in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Belokurov V (2019) Gaia's living and breathing Galaxy in Nature Reviews Physics

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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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Marasco A (2019) HALOGAS: the properties of extraplanar HI in disc galaxies in Astronomy & Astrophysics

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Garavito-Camargo N (2019) Hunting for the Dark Matter Wake Induced by the Large Magellanic Cloud in The Astrophysical Journal

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Cenarro A (2019) J-PLUS: The Javalambre Photometric Local Universe Survey in Astronomy & 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