Systems and control software for the atacama cosmology telescope

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. IrwinS. 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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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 closepacked 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy II
StatePublished - 2008
EventAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy II - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 26 2008Jun 28 2008

Publication series

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


OtherAdvanced Software and Control for Astronomy II

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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