MANIFEST/GMT science overview: a multi-interface, multi-mode instrument science and simulations

Tayyaba Zafar, Jon Lawrence, Jessica Zheng, David Adams, Vitor N. Hartmann, Celestina Lacombe, Michael Goodwin, Nuria Lorente, Ellie O’Brien, Will Saunders, Helen McGregor, Lew Waller, Nirmala Kunwar, Anilkumar Mailvaganam, Daniel M. Faes, Jennifer Marshall, Darren L. DePoy, Alexander Ji, Dennis Zaritsky, Casey PapovichSteven L. Finkelstein, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Roderik A. Overzier, Kyler Kuehn, Luca Cortese, Scott Croom, Sarah Martell, Matthew Colless, Andrew M. Hopkins, Magda Arnaboldi, Céline Péroux, Christian Johnson

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3 Scopus citations


The Many Instrument Fiber System (MANIFEST) is a facility fiber system for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). MANIFEST will be capable of feeding current and upcoming GMT instruments light from the telescopes full 20-arcmin field of view. The MANIFEST concept uses “Starbugs” – self-motile fiber heads deployed on a glass plate. MANIFEST will enhance the capabilities of different optical and near-infrared spectrographs at the GMT by feeding fibres and providing simultaneous observations. We have so far developed 15 science cases for MANIFEST which are listed under five broad science themes. Many science cases from galactic surveys, nearby galaxy surveys, intergalactic medium tomography, and spatially resolved studies of distant universe are of interest. These science cases drive the instrument requirements, modes of observations, and operation conditions for MANIFEST. Defined from the science cases, MANIFEST offers nine different modes of observations including high multiplexing, multiple and high sensitivity integral-field spectroscopy, polarimetry, and near-infrared spectroscopy. We discuss in this paper the latest developments of GMT/MANIFEST.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
EditorsChristopher J. Evans, Julia J. Bryant, Kentaro Motohara
ISBN (Electronic)9781510653498
StatePublished - 2022
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2022 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 17 2022Jul 22 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IX 2022


  • Extremely Large Telescopes
  • Giant Magellan Telescope
  • MANIFEST Science
  • Many Instruments Fiber System
  • integral-field spectroscopy
  • multiplexing
  • optical instruments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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