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30 September 2004 AMBER instrument control software
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AMBER (Astronomical Multiple BEam Recombiner) is a 3 aperture interferometric recombiner operating between 1 and 2.5 um, for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). The control software of the instrument, based on the VLT Common Software, has been written to comply with specific features of the AMBER hardware, such as the Infrared detector read out modes or piezo stage drivers, as well as with the very specific operation modes of an interferomtric instrument. In this respect, the AMBER control software was designed to insure that all operations, from the preparation of the observations to the control/command of the instrument during the observations, would be kept as simple as possible for the users and operators, opening the use of an interferometric instrument to the largest community of astronomers. Peculiar attention was given to internal checks and calibration procedures both to evaluate data quality in real time, and improve the successes of long term UV plane coverage observations.
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Etienne P. leCoarer, Gerard Zins, Laurence Gluck, Gilles Duvert, Thomas Driebe, Keiichi Ohnaka, Matthias Heininger, Claus Connot, Jan Behrend, Michel Dugue, Jean Michel Clausse, and Florentin Millour "AMBER instrument control software", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004);

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