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The DECam DAQ System: lessons learned after one year of operations
Author(s): K. Honscheid; A. Elliott; M. Bonati; E. Buckley-Geer; F. Castander; L. da Costa; H. T. Diehl; J. Eiting; O. Estay; A. Fausti ; B. Flaugher; I. Karliner; S. Kuhlmann; I. Mandrichenko; E. Neilsen; K. Patton; K. Reil; A. Roodman; J. Thaler; G. Schumacher; S. Serrano; E. Suchyta; M. Vittone; A. Walker
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Paper Abstract

The Dark Energy Camera (DECam) is a new 520 Mega Pixel CCD camera with a 3 square degree field of view built for the Dark Energy Survey (DES). DECam is mounted at the prime focus of the Blanco 4-m telescope at the Cerro-Tololo International Observatory (CTIO). DES is a 5-year, high precision, multi-bandpass, photometric survey of 5000 square degrees of the southern sky that started August 2013. In this paper we briefly review SISPI, the data acquisition and control system of the Dark Energy Camera and follow with a discussion of our experience with the system and the lessons learned after one year of survey operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91520G (25 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057073
Show Author Affiliations
K. Honscheid, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
A. Elliott, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
M. Bonati, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
E. Buckley-Geer, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
F. Castander, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (Spain)
L. da Costa, Observatorio Nacional (Brazil)
H. T. Diehl, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
J. Eiting, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
O. Estay, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
A. Fausti , Observatorio National (Brazil)
B. Flaugher, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
I. Karliner, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
S. Kuhlmann, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
I. Mandrichenko, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
E. Neilsen, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
K. Patton, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
K. Reil, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
A. Roodman, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
J. Thaler, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
G. Schumacher, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
S. Serrano, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (Spain)
E. Suchyta, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
M. Vittone, Fremi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
A. Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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