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VLTI status update: a decade of operations and beyond
Author(s): Antoine Mérand; Roberto Abuter; Emmanuel Aller-Carpentier; Luigi Andolfato; Jaime Alonso; Jean-Philippe Berger; Guillaume Blanchard; Henri Boffin; Pierre Bourget; Paul Bristow; Claudia Cid; Willem-Jan de Wit; Diego del Valle; Françoise Delplancke-Ströbele; Frédéric Derie; Lorena Faundez; Steve Ertel; Rebekka Grellmann; Philippe Gitton; Andreas Glindemann; Patricia Guajardo; Sylvain Guieu; Stéphane Guisard; Serge Guniat; Pierre Haguenauer; Cristian Herrera; Christian Hummel; Carlos La Fuente; Marcelo Lopez; Pedro Mardones; Sébastien Morel; André Müller; Isabelle Percheron; Than Phan Duc; Andres Pino; Sébastien Poupar; Eszter Pozna; Andres Ramirez; Srihdaran Rengaswamy; Lionel Rivas; Thomas Rivinius; Alex Segovia; Christian Schmid; Markus Schöller; Nicolas Schuhler; Julien Woillez; Markus Wittkowski
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Paper Abstract

We present the latest update of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope interferometer (VLTI). The operations of VLTI have greatly improved in the past years: reduction of the execution time; better offering of telescopes configurations; improvements on AMBER limiting magnitudes; study of polarization effects and control for single mode fibres; fringe tracking real time data, etc. We present some of these improvements and also quantify the operational improvements using a performance metric. We take the opportunity of the first decade of operations to reflect on the VLTI community which is analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. Finally, we present briefly the preparatory work for the arrival of the second generation instruments GRAVITY and MATISSE.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9146, Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV, 91460J (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057150
Show Author Affiliations
Antoine Mérand, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Roberto Abuter, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Emmanuel Aller-Carpentier, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Luigi Andolfato, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jaime Alonso, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Jean-Philippe Berger, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Guillaume Blanchard, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Henri Boffin, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pierre Bourget, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Paul Bristow, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Claudia Cid, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Willem-Jan de Wit, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Diego del Valle, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Françoise Delplancke-Ströbele, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Frédéric Derie, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Lorena Faundez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Steve Ertel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Rebekka Grellmann, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Philippe Gitton, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Patricia Guajardo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Sylvain Guieu, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stéphane Guisard, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Serge Guniat, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre Haguenauer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Cristian Herrera, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Christian Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Carlos La Fuente, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Marcelo Lopez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pedro Mardones, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Sébastien Morel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
André Müller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Isabelle Percheron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Than Phan Duc, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andres Pino, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Sébastien Poupar, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Eszter Pozna, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andres Ramirez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Srihdaran Rengaswamy, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Lionel Rivas, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Thomas Rivinius, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Alex Segovia, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Christian Schmid, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Schöller, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nicolas Schuhler, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Julien Woillez, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9146:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV
Jayadev K. Rajagopal; Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Fabien Malbet, Editor(s)

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