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Paper: Hector – Next Generation Multi-Object IFU for the Anglo-Australian Telescope
Volume: 507, Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys, and Wide Fields
Page: 291
Authors: Bryant, J. J.; Bland-Hawthorn, J.
Abstract: Hector will be the new massively-multiplexed IFU spectrograph for the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Australia and the next main dark-time instrument for the observatory. Based on the success of the SAMI instrument, which is undergoing the largest galaxy survey done to-date, the hexabundle technology underpinning SAMI is being improved to a new innovative design and scaled up in numbers to give 50-100 IFU imaging bundles across a 2 or 3-degree field. ‘Starbug' robots will position the hexabundles across the field plate and several thousand fibers will then be fed into new replicable spectrographs. First prototypes will be on-sky in mid-2016, with full instrument build expected to take ∼5 years. Hector will allow a survey of 100,000 nearby galaxies, sufficient to disentangle intertwined processes in order to investigate the buildup of angular momentum in galaxies and how gas gets into and out of galaxies.
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