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9 July 2008 Control system for the AMICA infrared camera
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AMICA (Antarctic Medium Infrared Camera) [1] is the imaging camera that will support first-light testing for the IRAIT telescope. IRAIT (International Robotic Antarctic Infrared Telescope) is a 80 cm class telescope to be installed at Dome C, a site located at 3200m height on the Antarctic plateau. AMICA, placed at the telescope Nasmyth focus, is a dual feed infrared camera: a medium infrared optical beam designed to be operated by a Si:As detector array covering the range 5-28 μm, and a near infrared optical beam operated by a In:Sb detector array covering the spectral range down to J band. A specific goal of this project, having to face the prohibitive Antarctic environment imposing strong limits to human and equipments operation, is the need to implement robotic and remotely controlled procedures for the telescope and its instrumentation. This will impose well integrated and cooperative control systems, besides the accurate insulation for all the equipment exposed to the extreme environmental conditions of Dome C (T -90, p 640 mbar). In the present paper we will provide an overview of the progress so far obtained in the construction and testing of the AMICA control system.
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F. Bortoletto, D. Magrin, C. Bonoli, M. D'Alessandro, D. Fantinel, G. Di Rico, C. Giuliani, A. di Cianno, and L. Corcione "Control system for the AMICA infrared camera", Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70143A (9 July 2008);


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