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The VLT Interferometer: a unique instrument for high-resolution astronomy
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Paper Abstract

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) Observatory on Cerro Paranal (2635 m) in Northern Chile is approaching completion in this year when the fourth of the 8-m Unit Telescopes will see first light. At the same time, the preparation for first fringes of the VLT Interferometer (VLTI) is advancing rapidly with the goal of having the first fringes with two siderostats within this year. In this article we describe the status of the VLTI and its subsystems, we discuss the planning for first fringes with the different telescopes and instruments. Eventually, we present an outlook for the future of interferometry with Very Large Telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390163
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roberto Abuter, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Franco Carbognani, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Francoise Delplancke, European Southern Observatory (Belgium)
Frederic Derie, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Alberto Gennai, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Philippe B. Gitton, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre Kervella, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bertrand Koehler, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Samuel A. Leveque, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Serge Menardi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Alain Michel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Francesco Paresce, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Than Phan Duc, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andrea Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Massimo Tarenghi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Anders Wallander, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Rainer Wilhelm, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4006:
Interferometry in Optical Astronomy
Pierre J. Lena; Andreas Quirrenbach, Editor(s)

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