Instrument description and capabilities¶
Hal the H-alpha detector¶
Connie the continuum detector¶
Heidi the high-order wavefront sensing camera (HOWFS)¶
Lois the low-order wavefront sensing camera (LOWFS)¶
The computers that run MagAO-X are:
The Instrument Control Computer (ICC)
The Real Time control Computer (RTC)
The Adaptive optics Operator Computer (AOC) TODO
While on the University of Arizona network, the RTC is known as
10.130.133.207) and the ICC as
10.130.133.208). Both ICC and RTC run modified Linux kernels (see Installing the realtime Linux kernel and the NVIDIA GPU driver) optimized for low and predictable latency.
Real Time Controller¶
Responsible for wavefront sensing and control, and directly connected to the HOWFS detector and deformable mirrors. The operation of the control loop depends on CACAO: Compute And Control for Adaptive Optics authored by Olivier Guyon and collaborators.
Instrument Control Computer¶
Responsible for functions that do not depend on strong realtime constraints, including LOWFS, configuring and reading out science cameras, etc.