CUBES and its software ecosystem: instrument simulation, control, and data processing

Giorgio Calderone, Roberto Cirami, Guido Cupani, Paolo Di Marcantonio, Mariagrazia Franchini, Matteo Genoni, Mikolaj Kaluszyński, Marco Landoni, Florian Rothmaier, Andrea Scaudo, Rodolfo Smiljanic, Ingo Stilz, Julian Stürmer, Orlando Verducci

Submitted on 15 September 2022


CUBES (Cassegrain U-Band Efficient Spectrograph) is the recently approved high-efficiency VLT spectrograph aimed to observe the sky in the UV ground-based region (305-400 nm) with a high-resolution mode (~20K) and a low-resolution mode (~5K). In this paper we will briefly describe the requirements and the design of the several software packages involved in the project, namely the instrument control software, the exposure time calculator, the end-to-end simulator, and the data reduction software suite. We will discuss how the above mentioned blocks cooperate to build up a "software ecosystem" for the CUBES instrument, and to support the users from the proposal preparation to the science-grade data products.


Comment: SPIE proceedings, SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2022, Montr\'eal, Canada

Subject: Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics