We built a multi-channel led starlight simulator capable to reproduce the radiation of stars of F, G, K and M spectral types in the wavelength range 365-940 nm. This range overlaps the photosynthetic active interval allowing us to use the simulator for biological experiments under radiation and atmospheric conditions close as much as possible to those expected on extrasolar planets. The simulator is a laboratory tool which is part of the “Atmosphere in a Test Tube” project, aimed to study the photosynthetic efficiency of bacteria under alien environmental conditions and their possible impact on the atmosphere of the host planet. This paper describes the software developed to control the simulator. We begin by presenting a conceptual overview of the instruments and then illustrating the top-level requirements and the architecture of the control software. Finally, we give a description of the graphical user interface.
B. Salasnich, R. U. Claudi, E. Alei, D. Barbisan, A. Baruffolo, L. Cocola, M. S. Erculiani, N. La Rocca, E. Pace, L. Poletto, and N. Trivellin, "Control software for the Multi-Channel Led starlight simulator," Proc. SPIE 10707, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V, 107071I (Presented at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation: June 13, 2018; Published: 6 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2311436.
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