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Enhancements over the electronic control for OSIRIS-Gtc Fabry-Perot tunable filters
Author(s): Guillermo A. Herrera; José V. Gigante; Enrique Joven; Ángeles Pérez; Jordi Cepa
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Paper Abstract

OSIRIS (Optical System for Imaging and low Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy) is the optical Day One instrument for the 10.4m Spanish telescope GTC (Gran Telescopio Canarias). The instrument spectral range covers from 365 up to 1000 nm. One of the most important elements of OSIRIS is its two commercial ICOS ET100 wide field Fabry-Perot tunable filters, that will provide a powerful tool to analyse faint emission line objects. Currently, the unique controller available for such device is the so called CS100. Due to the necessity of improvement and addition of some specifications of such controller, a first prototype electronic module has been made and tested successfully. Now, it has developed the final product: a compact mini-module integrated in the CS100 controller, offering a 16-bit resolution over the full range cavity spacing; be able to synchronize cavity changes with an external trigger; full remote control over the front panel of the device and capability to monitor all their signals. It also offers the possibility to load a preprogrammed table sequence of cavity spacing changes, programmable security limits of dynamic range and slew rate applied; and it has high stability over time too. The electronic control is based on an embedded microcontroller into a FPGA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62694F (11 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672054
Show Author Affiliations
Guillermo A. Herrera, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
José V. Gigante, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Enrique Joven, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Ángeles Pérez, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Jordi Cepa, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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