9th PFS Collaboration Meeting / 第9回PFSコラボレーション会議

From 27 November to 1 December 2017 was held the 9th PFS collaboration meeting at Kavli IPMU, the University of Tokyo, in Kashiwa city, Japan. More and more participants have joined to the meeting, and this year about 130 collaborators gathered to the meeting. On 28 and 29 November, we had the joint sessions and shared the project updates. The… Read more »

The first fiber positioner module was assembled / 最初のファイバー配置モジュールの組立て完了

At the laboratory of California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, the fiber positioner modules are being assembled by Caltech, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (USA), and Laboratorio Nacional de Astrofisica (Brazil). PFS will develop 42 fiber modules for the observation, and the spare modules. We have been assembling the first module, testing it to control the 57 actuators “Cobra” in the… Read more »

The first things installed at the Subaru telescope is … / すばるに設置された一番乗りは…

The subsystems of the PFS instrument are being developed at various institutes. These subsystems will be delivered to the Subaru telescope in Hawaii from what will be finished integration and test at the laboratory. It is already one year before the first subsystem will be delivered to the Subaru telescope, and start its integration and test there. To operate the… Read more »

Meeting on data analysis software in Princeton / データ解析ソフト会議がプリンストンで開かれました

Written by  Naoki Yasuda (Kavli IPMU) The galaxies PFS will observe are more than 8 billion light years away and their brightness is less than one to a 10 million of the stars visible to naked eyes. To measure the properties of these faint galaxies accurately, we have to develop data analysis software which can deal with various kinds of noises included in the acquired… Read more »

Subaru renovated a dome floor for the PFS Spectrographs / 分光器設置室完成

In July 2017, the Spectrograph Clean Room  was finally built up on the fourth floor of the dome building at Subaru Telescope! Spectrograph Clean Room at Subaru Telescope It has been one year and a few month since the previous instrument was cleaned up from the floor, in order to accommodate four PFS spectrographs. Since then, floor has been reinforced,… Read more »

PFS science working group meeting at MPA / PFSサイエンスワーキンググループ会議@MPA

The PFS Science Team is now planning a large survey observation of the Universe using PFS. Three working groups have been discussing the plans to achieve their major scientific objectives: “Cosmology” research group to reveal the nature of dark matter, dark energy and neutrinos, “Galactic archeology” research group to reconstruct the history of the Milky Way Galaxy where we exist,… Read more »

Fiber Cable: Slit Assembly of Spectrograph arrived in Marseille / ファイバーケーブル:分光器のスリット部がフランスに到着

For the PFS instrument, the lights from about 2400 astronomical objects are designed to be delivered through long fiber cable from the prime focus of the telescope to the spectrograph modules on the fourth floor in the dome building. This fiber cable subsystem, which is about 65m long in total, consists of 3 parts: (1) short cables accommodated into the… Read more »

PFS presentations at IAU meeting / 国際天文学連合会議でPFSの紹介をしました

For five days from July 3 to 7, the IAU (International Astronomical Union) Asia-Pacific regional meeting was held in Taipei, where the project manager Dr. Naoyuki Tamura (Kavli IPMU, project associate professor) gave a talk and introduced the current status of the PFS project, the instrument under development, and large-sky survey program under planning. Also, there was a poster presentation from… Read more »

Joint Work for Spectrograph Development at LAM / マルセイユ天文台での分光器開発強化週間

At Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM), PFS Spectrograph Module (SM) is fully integrated and its performance is validated. As a part of these processes, two visible-red camera units are being tested; one is for thermal performance test and the other is for optical performance test.  From 19th to 29th June, we got together at LAM and dedicated ourselves to joint… Read more »

Assembly of positioner module is in progress / ファイバー配置モジュール組み立て中

PFS instrument catches light from about 2400 astronomical objects using fibers paved on the focal plane at the prime focus of the Subaru telescope, and each fiber is positioned by 2-staged actuator called “Cobra” (). As talked in the previous posts, 57 assemblies of Cobra positioners and fibers are integrated to one module, which is mounted to the optical bench…. Read more »