Category Archives: Development

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 »

Prototyping Fiber Cable / ファイバーケーブル試作

In PFS observations, photons from the sky are fed into the optical fibers from one end on the Subaru prime focus, and are emitted out from the other end to feed the spectrograph. The prime focus and spectrograph are physically remote from each other, so the total length of the fibers that optically link them has to be approx. 60… Read more »

Spectrograph Integration & Test at LAM / マルセイユ天文台での活動:分光器の組み上げ試験

Among the PFS instrument subsystem, four spectrographs are developed under the leadership of LAM (Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille). Since 2015, the first spectrograph module has been integrated and tested for its performance. In this article, we’ll talk about integration and test activities at LAM. Below photo shows the Visible-Red camera unit under assembly: optical components were accommodated in the cryostat… Read more »

Review meeting of infrastructures for controling the PFS instruments / PFS装置制御設備の審査会議

Subaru Telescope and its instrument are, like those at many other observatories, controlled by operator and observer sitting in front of computers at the control room in the building next to the telescope enclosure. In some cases, they are operated even from the National Observatory of Japan in Mitaka, Tokyo. PFS is not a single-component instrument but an integration of… Read more »

Metrology Camera System integration is progressing in Taiwan/ 台湾でメトロロジカメラシステム組み上げ進行中

Metrology Camera System to measure the positions of the fibers on the Subaru prime focus is being developed by ASIAA (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics) , in Taiwan. After the success of the critical design review in 2015, the parts production and system integration are progressing, and all the mechanical parts have been manufactured. The photo below shows some of them…. Read more »

Installation of Spectrographs Clean Room Crane / 分光器設置室用クレーン設置

The integration of the Spectrographs Clean Room has been progressing at the Subaru Telescope observatory since last May, when the floor of the dome building was cleaned up. Recently, a crane has been installed to the ceiling structure of the spectrograph floor. This 500kg-capacity crane will be used to carry the individual components and sub-assemblies of the spectrograph module such… Read more »

From the development site of Prime Focus Instrument / 主焦点装置製作の開発現場から…

Let us start with a question this time: What do you think these parts are used for? There are a number of holes… They are some of the parts for Prime Focus Instrument (PFI) named as the “Cobra bench” and the “rails”, on which the fiber positioning actuators Cobra are installed (Here for details). As a picture below, one actuator… Read more »

PFI parts started coming to Taiwan / 主焦点装置のパーツが台湾へ届き始めました。

Among the PFS instrument subsystems, Prime Focus Instrument (PFI) is the one that is installed to the prime focus of the Subaru telescope. PFI accommodates various key components such as 2400 fibers and actuators to be configured onto astronomical objects, and cameras to guide the telescope and lock the instrument field of view to a target area of sky. PFI… Read more »

Renovation for the PFS spectrograph system / PFS分光器システムを迎えるために…

The PFS spectrograph system, consisting of four identical modules, will be accommodated in a designated clean room on the fourth floor of the Subaru telescope enclosure building. Envisioning the delivery of the first modules in 2017, we have been developing the design and implementation plan of the floor and clean room. After we had a design review meeting in August… Read more »

The PFI test stage and environment control chamber have been fully assembled. / 主焦点装置PFIの試験台が完成しました。

Written by Shiang-Yu Wang (ASIAA, Taiwan) One of the PFS subsystems called Prime Focus Instrument (PFI), which will be installed to the prime focus at the Subaru telescope, comprises of a lot of different modules such as ~2400 fibers and their positioners, 6 cameras for acquisition and guide of a targeted sky field. These modules will be assembled at various… Read more »