WEAVE Detectors Completion

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


This grant is to complete the production and commissioning of 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 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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Breedt E (2017) Using large spectroscopic surveys to test the double degenerate model for Type Ia supernovae in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Burden A (2017) Mitigating the impact of the DESI fiber assignment on galaxy clustering in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

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Carrera R. (2019) Open clusters through the eyes of WEAVE in Highlights on Spanish Astrophysics X

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Casares J (2018) Hibernating black holes revealed by photometric mass functions in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society