PFI parts started coming to Taiwan

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

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 »

Presence of PFS project at “SPIE” international conference

From 26 June to 1 July, there was a conference titled “SPIE Astronomical telescopes and instrumentation” in Edinburgh, UK. This is a pretty big international event organized every two years where engineers and scientists from many countries over the world get together to report and discuss activities and progress against challenges in projects, research, and development of various sizes and… Read more »

SuMIRe and PFS are introduced on Nikkei newspaper

The PFS project was introduced on a Japanese newspaper “Nikkei” on 11 May 2016 (Here: only in Japanese). In the article, Masahiro Takada (the HSC science working group chair & PFS project scientist) and Naoyuki Tamura (PFS project manager) describe the SuMIRe project (the ongoing Hyper SUprime-Cam survey and the Prime Focus Spectrograph project), the scientific goal, and the nature/challenge… Read more »

The PFI test stage and environment control chamber have been fully assembled.

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 »

Mass production of fiber positioners have started

PFS will accurately position 2400 fibers to stars and galaxies on the sky in the field of view of about 1.3 degree diameter and deliver spectra for such a large number of objects at one exposure. The key component of this fiber positioning process is the actuator named “Cobra”. In the previous article, we described our testing activities to characterize… Read more »

Updates on Integration and Test of Spectrographs

From David Le Mignant (LAM) As of early 2016, several PFS spectrograph activities are on-going in parallel in France, led by Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) with the support from the other PFS members. Among them, two major items are: 1) the thermal validation for the Visible Camera Unit: Since last year we have been undertaking this validation process (https://pfs.ipmu.jp/blog/2015/11/p124)…. Read more »

Network Connection Test at Subaru Telescope

Subaru Telescope, where PFS will be installed, has been used for cutting-edge researches in astronomy and astrophysics since 1999 when it started its science operation. Because we will install a brand-new, state-of-the-art instrument on the more than 15-years old telescope, we sometimes run into difficulties due to “generation gap”. Today we will talk about network connection, one of many such… Read more »

Welcome to PFS!

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Hitoshi Murayama The 7th collaboration meeting at LAM was a huge success. There were so much progress reported at the meeting, including the fully assembled camera being tested at LAM that was already covered on this blog (https://pfs.ipmu.jp/blog/2015/11/p124).  The project passed Complete Design Reviews on three subsystems since the last meeting, and the survey planning is generating exciting new ideas… Read more »

7th PFS collaboration meeting

From 14 December, Monday to 18 December, Friday, we held the 7th PFS collaboration meeting at Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) in France. This annual meeting, where the collaborators in the world put together, is one of the great opportunity to discuss the project face to face. During the meeting, technical teams and science teams report their progress at the… Read more »