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The Goodman spectrograph control system
Author(s): J. Adam Crain; J. Christopher Clemens; Matthew Bayliss
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Paper Abstract

The Goodman spectrograph is an all-refracting articulated-camera high-throughput imaging spectrograph for the SOuthern Astrophysical Research telescope (SOAR). It is designed to take advantage of Volume Phase Holographic (VPH) gratings. Due to the high level of mechanical complexity, a fully graphical control system with parallel motor control was developed. We have developed a software solution in LabVIEW that functions as a control system, component management tool, and engineering platform. A modular software design allows other instrument projects to easily adopt our approach. Distinguishing features of the control system include automated configuration changes, remote capability, and PDA control for component swaps.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5496, Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550070
Show Author Affiliations
J. Adam Crain, Univ. of North Carolina/Chapel Hill (United States)
J. Christopher Clemens, Univ. of North Carolina/Chapel Hill (United States)
Matthew Bayliss, Univ. of North Carolina/Chapel Hill (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5496:
Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editor(s)

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