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The WEAVE observatory control system
Author(s): Sergio Picó; Don Carlos Abrams; Chris Benn; Lilian Dominguez; Cecilia Fariña; Jose Miguel Delgado; Carlos Martin; Diego Cano; Bernardo Salasnich; Steve Guest; Frank Gribbin; Jure Skvarč; Emanuel Gafton; Gavin Dalton; Kevin Middleton; Scott Trager; J. Alfonso Aguerri; Piercarlo Bonifacio; Antonella Vallenari; Esperanza Carrasco
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Paper Abstract

WEAVE is the next-generation spectroscopic facility for the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) 1,2. WEAVE offers multi-object (1000 fibres) and integral-field spectroscopy at two resolutions (R ~ 5000, 20000) over a 2-deg field of view at prime focus and will mainly provide follow up of ground-based (LOFAR) and space-based (GAIA) surveys.

The Observatory Control System (OCS) is responsible for providing the software control and feedback framework through which WEAVE will be operated. This paper summarizes the design of the different OCS subsystems and the interfaces between them and other WEAVE components.

In the remainder of this paper, Section 2 outlines the other WEAVE systems with which the OCS interacts, Section 3 describes the system architecture, Section 4 comments on system-architecture decisions, Section 5 describes the main components of the OCS, Section 6 outlines the life-cycle of an OCS Observing Block and, finally, Section 7 gives an overview of the OCS testing plan.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 107042A (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312638
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Sergio Picó, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Don Carlos Abrams, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Chris Benn, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Lilian Dominguez, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Cecilia Fariña, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Jose Miguel Delgado, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Carlos Martin, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Diego Cano, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Bernardo Salasnich, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Steve Guest, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Frank Gribbin, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Jure Skvarč, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Emanuel Gafton, Isaac Newton Group (Spain)
Gavin Dalton, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Kevin Middleton, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Scott Trager, Kapteyn Institute (Netherlands)
J. Alfonso Aguerri, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Piercarlo Bonifacio, GEPI, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon, Univ. PSL, CNRS (France)
Antonella Vallenari, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Esperanza Carrasco, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10704:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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