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Development of the Science Data System for the International Space Station Cold Atom LabCold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is a facility that will enable scientists to study ultra-cold quantum gases in a microgravity environment on the International Space Station (ISS) beginning in 2016. The primary science data for each experiment consists of two images taken in quick succession. The first image is of the trapped cold atoms and the second image is of the background. The two images are subtracted to obtain optical density. These raw Level 0 atom and background images are processed into the Level 1 optical density data product, and then into the Level 2 data products: atom number, Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT) lifetime, magnetic chip-trap atom lifetime, and condensate fraction. These products can also be used as diagnostics of the instrument health. With experiments being conducted for 8 hours every day, the amount of data being generated poses many technical challenges, such as downlinking and managing the required data volume. A parallel processing design is described, implemented, and benchmarked. In addition to optimizing the data pipeline, accuracy and speed in producing the Level 1 and 2 data products is key. Algorithms for feature recognition are explored, facilitating image cropping and accurate atom number calculations.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
van Harmelen, Chris
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Soriano, Melissa A.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 2, 2016
Publication Date
March 7, 2015
Subject Category
Documentation And Information Science
Computer Programming And Software
Meeting Information
IEEE Aerospace Conference(Big Sky, MT)
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