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AMBER instrument control software
Author(s): Etienne P. leCoarer; Gerard Zins; Laurence Gluck; Gilles Duvert; Thomas Driebe; Keiichi Ohnaka; Matthias Heininger; Claus Connot; Jan Behrend; Michel Dugue; Jean Michel Clausse; Florentin Millour
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Paper Abstract

AMBER (Astronomical Multiple BEam Recombiner) is a 3 aperture interferometric recombiner operating between 1 and 2.5 um, for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). The control software of the instrument, based on the VLT Common Software, has been written to comply with specific features of the AMBER hardware, such as the Infrared detector read out modes or piezo stage drivers, as well as with the very specific operation modes of an interferomtric instrument. In this respect, the AMBER control software was designed to insure that all operations, from the preparation of the observations to the control/command of the instrument during the observations, would be kept as simple as possible for the users and operators, opening the use of an interferometric instrument to the largest community of astronomers. Peculiar attention was given to internal checks and calibration procedures both to evaluate data quality in real time, and improve the successes of long term UV plane coverage observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551301
Show Author Affiliations
Etienne P. leCoarer, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Gerard Zins, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Laurence Gluck, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Gilles Duvert, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Thomas Driebe, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)
Keiichi Ohnaka, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)
Matthias Heininger, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)
Claus Connot, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)
Jan Behrend, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)
Michel Dugue, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Jean Michel Clausse, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Florentin Millour, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Univ. de Nice (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5492:
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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