SOXS (Son Of X-Shooter) is a forthcoming instrument for ESO-NTT, mainly dedicated to the spectroscopic study of transient events and is currently starting the AIT (Assembly, Integration, and Test) phase. It foresees a visible spectrograph, a near-Infrared (NIR) spectrograph, and an acquisition camera for light imaging and secondary guiding. The optimal setup and the monitoring of SOXS are carried out with a set of software-controlled motorized components and sensors. The instrument control software (INS) also manages the observation and calibration procedures, as well as maintenance and self-test operations. The architecture of INS, based on the latest release of the VLT Software (VLT2019), has been frozen; the code development is in an advanced state for what concerns supported components and observation procedures, which run in simulation. In this proceeding we present the INS current status, focusing in particular on the ongoing efforts in the support of two non-standard, "special"devices. The first special device is the piezoelectric slit exchanger for the NIR spectrograph; the second special device is the piezoelectric tip-tilt corrector used for active compensation of mechanical flexures of the instrument. For both, which are commanded via a serial line, specific driver and simulators have been implemented.
|Title of host publication||Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy VI|
|Editors||Juan C. Guzman, Jorge Ibsen|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Dec 2020|
|Event||Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy VI 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States|
Duration: 14 Dec 2020 → 18 Dec 2020
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering|
|Conference||Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy VI 2020|
|Period||14/12/2020 → 18/12/2020|
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- Instrument Control Software
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Computer Science Applications
- Applied Mathematics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering