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South Pole Telescope software systems: control, monitoring, and data acquisition
Author(s): K. Story; E. Leitch; P. Ade; K. A. Aird; J. E. Austermann; J. A. Beall; D. Becker; A. N. Bender; B. A. Benson; L. E. Bleem; J. Britton; J. E. Carlstrom; C. L. Chang; H. C. Chiang; H-M. Cho; T. M. Crawford; A. T. Crites; A. Datesman; T. de Haan; M. A. Dobbs; W. Everett; A. Ewall-Wice; E. M. George; N. W. Halverson; N. Harrington; J. W. Henning; G. C. Hilton; W. L. Holzapfel; S. Hoover; N. Huang; J. Hubmayr; K. D. Irwin; M. Karfunkle; R. Keisler; J. Kennedy; A. T. Lee; D. Li; M. Lueker; D. P. Marrone; J. J. McMahon; J. Mehl; S. S. Meyer; J. Montgomery; T. E. Montroy; J. Nagy; T. Natoli; J. P. Nibarger; M. D. Niemack; V. Novosad; S. Padin; C. Pryke; C. L. Reichardt; J. E. Ruhl; B. R. Saliwanchik; J. T. Sayre; K. K. Schaffer; E. Shirokoff; G. Smecher; B. Stalder; C. Tucker; K. Vanderlinde; J. D. Vieira; G. Wang; R. Williamson; V. Yefremenko; K. W. Yoon; E. Young
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Paper Abstract

We present the software system used to control and operate the South Pole Telescope. The South Pole Telescope is a 10-meter millimeter-wavelength telescope designed to measure anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at arcminute angular resolution. In the austral summer of 2011/12, the SPT was equipped with a new polarization-sensitive camera, which consists of 1536 transition-edge sensor bolometers. The bolometers are read out using 36 independent digital frequency multiplexing (DfMux) readout boards, each with its own embedded processors. These autonomous boards control and read out data from the focal plane with on-board software and firmware. An overall control software system running on a separate control computer controls the DfMux boards, the cryostat and all other aspects of telescope operation. This control software collects and monitors data in real-time, and stores the data to disk for transfer to the United States for analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8451, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II, 84510T (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925808
Show Author Affiliations
K. Story, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
E. Leitch, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
P. Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
K. A. Aird, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
J. E. Austermann, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
J. A. Beall, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
D. Becker, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
A. N. Bender, McGill Univ. (Canada)
B. A. Benson, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
L. E. Bleem, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
J. Britton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
J. E. Carlstrom, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Argonne National Lab. (United States)
C. L. Chang, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Argonne National Lab. (United States)
H. C. Chiang, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
H-M. Cho, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
T. M. Crawford, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
A. T. Crites, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
A. Datesman, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
T. de Haan, McGill Univ. (Canada)
M. A. Dobbs, McGill Univ. (Canada)
W. Everett, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
A. Ewall-Wice, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
E. M. George, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
N. W. Halverson, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
N. Harrington, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
J. W. Henning, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
G. C. Hilton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
W. L. Holzapfel, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
S. Hoover, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
N. Huang, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
J. Hubmayr, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
K. D. Irwin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
M. Karfunkle, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
R. Keisler, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
J. Kennedy, McGill Univ. (Canada)
A. T. Lee, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
D. Li, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
M. Lueker, California Institute of Technology (United States)
D. P. Marrone, Steward Observatory, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
J. J. McMahon, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
J. Mehl, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
S. S. Meyer, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
J. Montgomery, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
T. E. Montroy, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
J. Nagy, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
T. Natoli, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
J. P. Nibarger, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
M. D. Niemack, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
V. Novosad, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
S. Padin, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
C. Pryke, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
C. L. Reichardt, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
J. E. Ruhl, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
B. R. Saliwanchik, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
J. T. Sayre, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
K. K. Schaffer, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (United States)
E. Shirokoff, California Institute of Technology (United States)
G. Smecher, McGill Univ. (Canada)
B. Stalder, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
C. Tucker, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
K. Vanderlinde, McGill Univ. (Canada)
J. D. Vieira, California Institute of Technology (United States)
G. Wang, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
R. Williamson, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
V. Yefremenko, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
K. W. Yoon, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
E. Young, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8451:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II
Nicole M. Radziwill; Gianluca Chiozzi, Editor(s)

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