WEAVE Detectors Main Grant

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


This grant is to produce the detector system for the WEAVE spectrograph.

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

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Bieth M (2019) The gravitational force field of the Galaxy measured from the kinematics of RR Lyrae in Gaia in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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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 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