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Systems and control software for the Atacama Cosmology Telescope
Author(s): E. R. Switzer; C. Allen; M. Amiri; J. W. Appel; E. S. Battistelli; B. Burger; J. A. Chervenak; A. J. Dahlen; S. Das; M. J. Devlin; S. R. Dicker; W. B. Doriese; R. Dünner; T. Essinger-Hileman; X. Gao; M. Halpern; M. Hasselfield; G. C. Hilton; A. D. Hincks; K. D. Irwin; S. Knotek; R. P. Fisher; J. W. Fowler; N. Jarosik; M. Kaul; J. Klein; J. M. Lau; M. Limon; R. H. Lupton; T. A. Marriage; K. L. Martocci; S. H. Moseley; C. B. Netterfield; M. D. Niemack; M. R. Nolta; L. Page; L. P. Parker; B. A. Reid; C. D. Reintsema; A. J. Sederberg; J. L. Sievers; D. N. Spergel; S. T. Staggs; O. R. Stryzak; D. S. Swetz; R. J. Thornton; E. J. Wollack; Y. Zhao
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Paper Abstract

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is designed to measure temperature anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at arcminute resolution. It is the first CMB experiment to employ a 32×32 close-packed array of free-space-coupled transition-edge superconducting bolometers. We describe the organization of the telescope systems and software for autonomous, scheduled operations. When paired with real-time data streaming and display, we are able to operate the telescope at the remote site in the Chilean Altiplano via the Internet from North America. The telescope had a data rate of 70 GB/day in the 2007 season, and the 2008 upgrade to three arrays will bring this to 210 GB/day.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7019, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II, 70192L (21 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790006
Show Author Affiliations
E. R. Switzer, Princeton Univ. (United States)
C. Allen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
M. Amiri, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
J. W. Appel, Princeton Univ. (United States)
E. S. Battistelli, Univ. of Rome La Sapienza (Italy)
The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
B. Burger, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
J. A. Chervenak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
A. J. Dahlen, Princeton Univ. (United States)
S. Das, Princeton Univ. (United States)
M. J. Devlin, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
S. R. Dicker, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
W. B. Doriese, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
R. Dünner, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Princeton Univ. (United States)
T. Essinger-Hileman, Princeton Univ. (United States)
X. Gao, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
M. Halpern, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
M. Hasselfield, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
G. C. Hilton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
A. D. Hincks, Princeton Univ. (United States)
K. D. Irwin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
S. Knotek, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
R. P. Fisher, Princeton Univ. (United States)
J. W. Fowler, Princeton Univ. (United States)
N. Jarosik, Princeton Univ. (United States)
M. Kaul, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
J. Klein, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
J. M. Lau, Stanford Univ. (United States)
M. Limon, Columbia Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
R. H. Lupton, Princeton Univ. (United States)
T. A. Marriage, Princeton Univ. (United States)
K. L. Martocci, City Univ. of New York (United States)
S. H. Moseley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. B. Netterfield, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
M. D. Niemack, Princeton Univ. (United States)
M. R. Nolta, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
L. Page, Princeton Univ. (United States)
L. P. Parker, Princeton Univ. (United States)
B. A. Reid, Princeton Univ. (United States)
C. D. Reintsema, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
A. J. Sederberg, Princeton Univ. (United States)
J. L. Sievers, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
D. N. Spergel, Princeton Univ. (United States)
S. T. Staggs, Princeton Univ. (United States)
O. R. Stryzak, Princeton Univ. (United States)
D. S. Swetz, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
R. J. Thornton, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
E. J. Wollack, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Y. Zhao, Princeton Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7019:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
Alan Bridger; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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