This thesis presents two bodies of work, both related to automated optical fibre positioning in highly-multiplexed astronomical instrumentation.
Part one concerns the development and prototyping of a pick-and-place fibre positioner for WEAVE, a new 1000-fibre spectrograph for the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope. This research has helped shape the positioner's final design and has included development of three novel techniques to enhance predicted performance: i) a scheme for automa...Expand abstract
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New developments in robotic fibre positioning for astronomical multi-object spectroscopy
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