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Paper: The TAIPAN Software System: Enabling Multi-Object Spectroscopy via Starbug Control
Volume: 527, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXIX
Page: 713
Authors: Lorente, N. P. F.; Farrell, T. J.; Vuong, M. V.; Fernando, N.; Birchall, M. N.; Smedley, S.; Farrell, A.
Abstract: The TAIPAN instrument is a multi-object fiber positioner and spectrograph built by AAO-MQ and installed on the 1.2m UK-Schmidt telescope at Siding Spring Observatory, Australia. The positioner, a prototype for MANIFEST on the Giant Magellan Telescope, uses independently controlled Starbug robots to position up to 300 optical fibers on a 32cm glass field plate, to an accuracy of 8 microns (0.5 arcsec on the sky). This paper describes the instrument's software including Starbug monitor and control, metrology and routing, telescope systems, and auxiliary systems such as the database, middleware, and data transport.
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