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CARMENES: interlocks or the importance of process visualization and system diagnostics in complex astronomical instruments
Author(s): J. Helmling; K. Wagner; L. Hernández Castaño; D. Benítez; J. Marín Molina; J. I. Vico Linares; F. Hernández Hernando; J. F. López Salas; H. Magán; A. Pérez-Calpena; J. A. Caballero; W. Seifert; A. Quirrenbach; P. J. Amado; I. Ribas; A. Reiners
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Paper Abstract

With the steadily increasing complexity of scientific instruments, there is an ever-growing demand for improved control electronics. This is especially important for infrared instruments, where the challenging vacuum and cryogenic systems increase the demands on the overall control system. The control electronics must monitor and adjust many different subsystems in different locations, some mounted at the telescope and others placed inside the telescope building. To implement these different demands, a comprehensive Interlock system with process visualization and powerful diagnostics has been developed at the Calar Alto Observatory and the Zentrum für Astronomie Heidelberg (LS

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99086B (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231890
Show Author Affiliations
J. Helmling, Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto (Spain)
K. Wagner, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
L. Hernández Castaño, Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto (Spain)
D. Benítez, Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto (Spain)
J. Marín Molina, Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto (Spain)
J. I. Vico Linares, Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto (Spain)
F. Hernández Hernando, Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto (Spain)
J. F. López Salas, Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto (Spain)
H. Magán, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
A. Pérez-Calpena, FRACTAL S.L.N.E (Spain)
J. A. Caballero, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
CSIC-INTA (Spain)
W. Seifert, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
A. Quirrenbach, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
P. J. Amado, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
I. Ribas, Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (Spain)
A. Reiners, Institut für Astrophysik Göttingen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9908:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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