Architecture of the SOXS instrument control software

Davide Ricci, Andrea Baruffolo, Bernardo Salasnich, Daniela Fantinel, Josefina Urrutia, Sergio Campana, Riccardo Claudi, Pietro Schipani, Matteo Aliverti, Sagi Ben-Ami, Federico Biondi, Anna Brucalassi, Giulio Capasso, Rosario Cosentino, Francesco D'Alessio, Paolo D'Avanzo, Oz Diner, Hanindyo Kuncarayakti, Matteo Munari, Adam RubinSalvo Scuderi, Fabrizio Vitali, Jani Achrén, José A. Araiza-Durán, Iair Arcavi, Andrea Bianco, Enrico Cappellaro, Mirko Colapietro, Massimo Della Valle, Sergio D'Orsi, Johan Fynbo, Avishay Gal-Yam, Matteo Genoni, Mika Hirvonen, Jari Kotilainen, Tarun Kumar, Marco Landoni, Jussi Lehti, Gianluca Li Causi, Luca Marafatto, Seppo Mattila, Giorgio Pariani, Giuliano Pignata, Michael Rappaport, Marco Riva, Stephen Smartt, Massimo Turatto, Ricardo Zánmar Sánchez

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SOXS (Son Of X-Shooter) is a new spectrograph for the ESO NTT telescope, currently in the final design phase. The main instrument goal is to allow the characterization of transient sources based on alerts. It will cover from near-infrared to visible bands with a spectral resolution of R 1/4 4500 using two separate, wavelength-optimized spectrographs. A visible camera, primarily intended for target acquisition and secondary guiding, will also provide a scientific "light" imaging mode. In this paper we present the current status of the design of the SOXS instrument control software, which is in charge of controlling all instrument functions and detectors, coordinating the execution of exposures, and implementing all observation, calibration and maintenance procedures. Given the extensive experience of the SOXS consortium in the development of instruments for the VLT, we decided to base the design of the Control System on the same standards, both for hardware and software control. We illustrate the control network, the instrument functions and detectors to be controlled, the overall design of SOXS Instrument Software (INS) and its main components. Then, we provide details about the control software for the most SOXS-specific features: Control of the COTS-based imaging camera, the flexures compensation system and secondary guiding.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V
EditorsJuan C. Guzman, Jorge Ibsen
ISBN (Print)9781510619678
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventSoftware and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 201813 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceSoftware and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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