ING web news release|
30 September, 2022
Start of LIFU-Mode Commissioning of WEAVE
Since our previous WEAVE news release in May, there has been a flood of
activity, to prepare, calibrate and test all of the WEAVE subsystems, now
working together for the first time.
After a few initial problems, the image quality in the focal plane is
now excellent, the spectrograph is well-focused and the other
subsystems are working well enough to begin commissioning the LIFU
mode of observations. LIFU commissioning has begun this week, and will
be followed by science verification of the LIFU mode, and then, once
the other sub-systems are ready, commissioning of the mIFU and MOS
We at ING are sure that you share our excitement to be so close to
generating real science data with this fantastic instrument, and we thank
the WEAVE community for their patience, enthusiasm and encouragement.
The William Herschel Telescope with (in black) the new 6-lens corrector and WEAVE mounted at the top end. Photo taken on a pre-commissioning night. Credit: Javier Méndez and Lara Monteagudo. More
WEAVE at the top end of the WHT, with the telescope parked near-horizontal. One of the two plates for multi-object spectroscopy can be seen, surrounded by the fibre-retraction boxes. Above these is the gantry supporting the fibre-positioning robots. Credit: Javier Méndez. More
The main components of WEAVE are:
- Fibre–positioner, developed by the University of Oxford and RAL Space in the UK, with support from the IAC.
- Prime-focus corrector, designed by ING and SENER, provided by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in Spain and manufactured by SENER. Support from Konkoly Observatory (HU). Lenses were polished by KiwiStar in New Zealand, funded from STFC, NOVA, INAF and ING, and mounted at SENER Aeroespacial (Spain) by SENER and ING.
- Field Rotator, provided by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in Spain and manufactured by IDOM (Spain).
- Optical fibres, provided by the Observatoire de Paris in France, manufactured in France, Canada and USA.
- Spectrograph, built by NOVA in the Netherlands with optical design by RAL Space in the UK, optics manufactured at INAOE (MX) and support from INAF (IT) and the IAC (ES).
- CCD detectors system, provided by Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.
- Data processing, analysis and archiving, led by the University of Cambridge (UK) with support from the IAC (ES) and INAF (IT).
WEAVE's construction has been funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK), the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA, NL), the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO, NL), The Isaac Newton Group of Telescope (ING, UK/NL/ES), the Astrophysical Institute of the Canaries (IAC, ES), the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO, ES), the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MCI), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF, IT), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, FR), Paris Observatory – University of Paris Science and Letters (FR), Besançon Observatory (FR), Region île de France (F), Region Franche-Comté (FR), National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE, MX), National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT, MX), Lund Observatory (SE), Uppsala University (SE), the Leibniz Institute AIP (DE), Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA, DE), University of Pennsylvania (US), and Konkoly Observatory (HU).
About the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes
The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes is a unit of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) established on La Palma. It operates the William Herschel Telescope and the Isaac Newton Telescope with financial assistance from the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) of the Netherlands, and the Instituto de AstrofÃsica de Canarias (IAC) in Spain.