Will Saunders, Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO)

AESOP and the AAO Instrumentation Program: Technology for large scale surveys
When Feb 20, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
What
  • Colloquium
  • Special Seminar
Where SH, Seminar room
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Survey astronomy has been driven for decades by the dramatic improvements in signal-to-noise and multiplex capability  afforded by rapidly evolving technology, at a combined rate of about a factor ten per decade. Each generation of instrument brings new challenges in achieving these gains within fixed cost envelopes. The AAO has always maintained a very high profile in this area, with the UKST and AAT being virtually dedicated to this work. We have also delivered instruments to Subaru and ESO, and are currently designing instruments with Gemini, LBNL, GMT and AIP, as well as new survey instruments for our own telescopes. I will review the AAO instrumentation program, especially focussing on AESOP, the positioner for the 4MOST facility. I will also cover Wide Field Corrector and spectrograph designs, IFU technology, and OH suppression.