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SOXS control electronics design
Author(s): G. Capasso; M. Colapietro; S. D'Orsi; P. Schipani; M. Aliverti; H. Kuncarayakti; S. Scuderi; I. Coretti; S. Campana; R. Claudi; A. Baruffolo; S. Ben-Ami; F. Biondi; A. Brucalassi; R. Cosentino; F. D'Alessio; P. D'Avanzo; O. Hershko; M. Munari; A. Rubin; F. Vitali; J. Achrén; J. Antonio Araiza-Duran; I. Arcavi; A. Bianco; E. Cappellaro; M. Della Valle; O. Diner; D. Fantinel; J. Fynbo; A. Gal-Yam; M. Genoni; M. Hirvonen; J. Kotilainen; T. Kumar; M. Landoni; J. Lehti; G. Li Causi; L. Marafatto; S. Mattila; G. Pariani; G. Pignata; M. Rappaport; D. Ricci; M. Riva; B. Salasnich; R. Zanmar Sanchez; S. Smartt; M. Turatto
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Paper Abstract

SOXS (Son Of X-Shooter) is a unique spectroscopic facility that will operate at the ESO New Technology Telescope (NTT) in La Silla from 2021 onward. The spectrograph will be able to cover simultaneously the UV-VIS and NIR bands exploiting two different arms and a Common Path feeding system. We present the design of the SOXS instrument control electronics. The electronics controls all the movements, alarms, cabinet temperatures, and electric interlocks of the instrument. We describe the main design concept. We decided to follow the ESO electronic design guidelines to minimize project time and risks and to simplify system maintenance. The design envisages Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) industrial components (e.g. Beckhoff PLC and EtherCAT fieldbus modules) to obtain a modular design and to increase the overall reliability and maintainability. Preassembled industrial motorized stages are adopted allowing for high precision assembly standards and a high reliability. The electronics is kept off-board whenever possible to reduce thermal issues and instrument weight and to increase the accessibility for maintenance purpose. The instrument project went through the Preliminary Design Review in 2017 and is currently in Final Design Phase (with FDR in July 2018). This paper outlines the status of the work and is part of a series of contributions describing the SOXS design and properties after the instrument Preliminary Design Review.

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Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10707, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V, 107072H (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312780
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G. Capasso, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
M. Colapietro, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
S. D'Orsi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
P. Schipani, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
M. Aliverti, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
H. Kuncarayakti, Univ. of Turku (Finland)
S. Scuderi, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
I. Coretti, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
S. Campana, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
R. Claudi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
A. Baruffolo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
S. Ben-Ami, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
F. Biondi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
A. Brucalassi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Univ. Andres Bello (Chile)
R. Cosentino, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomica di Catania (Italy)
F. D'Alessio, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
P. D'Avanzo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
O. Hershko, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
M. Munari, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
A. Rubin, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
F. Vitali, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
J. Achrén, Incident Angle Co., Ltd. (Finland)
J. Antonio Araiza-Duran, Univ. Andrés Bello (Chile)
I. Arcavi, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
A. Bianco, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
E. Cappellaro, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
M. Della Valle, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
O. Diner, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
D. Fantinel, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
J. Fynbo, Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark)
A. Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
M. Genoni, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
M. Hirvonen, Aboa Space Research Oy (Finland)
J. Kotilainen, Univ. of Turku (Finland)
T. Kumar, Univ. of Turku (Finland)
M. Landoni, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
J. Lehti, Aboa Space Research Oy (Finland)
G. Li Causi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
L. Marafatto, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
S. Mattila, Univ. of Turku (Finland)
G. Pariani, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
G. Pignata, Univ. Andrés Bello (Chile)
M. Rappaport, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
D. Ricci, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
M. Riva, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
B. Salasnich, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
R. Zanmar Sanchez, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
S. Smartt, Queen's Univ. Belfast (United Kingdom)
M. Turatto, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10707:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V
Juan C. Guzman; Jorge Ibsen, Editor(s)

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