Development status of the SOXS instrument control software

Davide Ricci, Andrea Baruffolo, Bernardo Salasnich, Marco De Pascale, Sergio Campana, Riccardo Claudi, Pietro Schipani, Matteo Aliverti, Sagi Ben-Ami, Federico Biondi, Giulio Capasso, Rosario Cosentino, Francesco D'Alessio, Paolo D'Avanzo, Ofir Hershko, Hanindyo Kuncarayakti, Marco Landoni, Matteo Munari, Giuliano Pignata, Adam RubinSalvatore Scuderi, Fabrizio Vitali, David Young, Jani M. Achrén, José A. Araiza-Durán, Iair Arcavi, Anna Brucalassi, Rachel Bruch, Enrico Cappellaro, Mirko Colapietro, Massimo Della Valle, Rosario Di Benedetto, Sergio D'Orsi, Avishay Gal-Yam, Matteo Genoni, Marcos Hernandez, Jari Kotilainen, Gianluca Li Causi, Seppo Mattila, Michael Rappaport, Marco Riva, Stephen Smartt, Ricardo Zanmar Sanchez, Maximilian Stritzinger, Héctor Ventura, Kalyan Radhakrishnan

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SOXS (Son Of X-Shooter) is a forthcoming instrument for ESO-NTT, mainly dedicated to the spectroscopic study of transient events and is currently starting the AIT (Assembly, Integration, and Test) phase. It foresees a visible spectrograph, a near-Infrared (NIR) spectrograph, and an acquisition camera for light imaging and secondary guiding. The optimal setup and the monitoring of SOXS are carried out with a set of software-controlled motorized components and sensors. The instrument control software (INS) also manages the observation and calibration procedures, as well as maintenance and self-test operations. The architecture of INS, based on the latest release of the VLT Software (VLT2019), has been frozen; the code development is in an advanced state for what concerns supported components and observation procedures, which run in simulation. In this proceeding we present the INS current status, focusing in particular on the ongoing efforts in the support of two non-standard, "special"devices. The first special device is the piezoelectric slit exchanger for the NIR spectrograph; the second special device is the piezoelectric tip-tilt corrector used for active compensation of mechanical flexures of the instrument. For both, which are commanded via a serial line, specific driver and simulators have been implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy VI
EditorsJuan C. Guzman, Jorge Ibsen
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636910
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventSoftware and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy VI 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202018 Dec 2020

Publication series

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


ConferenceSoftware and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy VI 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Astronomy
  • Imaging
  • Instrument Control Software
  • Software
  • SOXS
  • Spectroscopy

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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