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An implementation of the ATST virtual instrument model
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Paper Abstract

The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) is intended to be the premier facility for experimental solar physics. A premium has been placed on operating ATST as a laboratory-style observatory to maximize the flexibility available to solar physicists. In particular, the main observation platform is a rotating coude platform supporting eight optical benches on which instruments may be assembled from available components. The Virtual Instrument Model has been developed to formalize the operation of a facility where instruments may exist for a single experiment before components are reassembled into a new instrument. The model allows the laboratory-style operation to fit easily within a typical modern telescope control system. This paper presents one possible implementation of the Virtual Instrument Model that is based on the container/component model becoming increasing popular in software development.

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: 10.1117/12.550642
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen B. Wampler, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Bret D. Goodrich, National Solar Observatory (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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