Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory

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XNICS Programmer's Guide

V. Gavryusev

C.N.R. - C.A.I.S.M.I. and
Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri


XNICS is the user-level software for the use of NICS, the Near Infrared Camera Spectrometer that the Arcetri Infrared Group developed for The TNG (Telescopio Nazionale Galileo).

This is a description of the programming solutions used in the first production version of the Xnics, released at 20.07.2000 for the commissioning stage of the NICS (Near Infrared Camera-Spectrometer) at TNG (Telescopio Nazionale Galileo), La Palma, Spain. The software supports all basic measurement tasks as well as contains the functionality intended for the instruments development and their tuning. The user interface is X11 widget based interface (created upon ATHENA widget set). The software is created as a network distributed software, while basically is executed on the PC dedicated for the measurement s.

The manual contains the basic information necessary for the understanding and, may be, the farther development of the software. The information how to use it in the real measurements one can find in XNICS User's Guide. The other technical details concerning the software and file system organization and procedures of software maintenance are described in XNICS Software Maintenance Guide.

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