Successful ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Facilities grants 2013

Project: The SAMI facility: a revolutionary multi-object hexabundle spectrograph

Lead Chief Investigator: Prof Jonathan Bland-Hawthorn

SAMI is a new Australian instrument concept that uses fibre bundles to obtain detailed spectroscopic data at many positions across the face of numerous galaxies at a time. Now that the technology has been shown to work, with spectacular results, the project aims to turn this concept into a general-user facility at the Anglo-Australian Telescope.

Partner(s): Australian Astronomical Observatory, Macquarie University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology

Project: Mapping the universe with the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (PanSTARRS)

Lead Chief Investigator: Prof Bryan Gaensler

This project plans to build a powerful new observatory, anoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (PanSTARRS-2), to be located in Hawaii. PanSTARRS-2 will have an enormous fish-eye-lens view of the northern stars, which we will combine with Australian telescopes to give a unique view of the entire sky. Australian scientists will use this data to solve fundamental problems in astrophysics and cosmology.

Partner(s): Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, The Australian National University, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, Australian Astronomical Observatory,
The University of Melbourne, Curtin University of Technology

Project: Pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: an enhanced capability for research in quantum

Lead Chief Investigator: Dr Dane McCamey

By improving our ability to investigating materials which impact fields ranging from disease and ageing to renewable energy and quantum information, the pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer provided will allow the project to address some of the fundamental questions facing society.

Partner(s): University of New South Wales, Macquarie University

Project: Autonomous benthic observing system

Lead Chief Investigator: A/Prof Stefan Williams

This project seeks to improve our ability to monitor marine habitats and characterise their variability by enhancing the Integrated Marine Observing system (IMOS) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Facility. The new AUV infrastructure will reduce operating costs, increase robustness of the sampling effort and insure continued operation for the next decade.

Partner(s): University of Western Australia, University of Tasmania, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation, The Australian Institute of Marine Science, NSW Department of Primary Industries