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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Jofré P (2017) Climbing the cosmic ladder with stellar twins in RAVE with Gaia in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Jofré P (2019) Accuracy and Precision of Industrial Stellar Abundances in Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Kalfountzou E (2017) Observational evidence that positive and negative AGN feedback depends on galaxy mass and jet power in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Koposov S (2020) Discovery of a nearby 1700 km s-1 star ejected from the Milky Way by Sgr A* in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Description The WEAVE detector system was successfully built to specification and is now in use at the WHT.
Exploitation Route Scientific Exploitation of WEAVE
Sectors Other

URL https://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/instruments/weave/weaveinst.html