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AMBER: the near-infrared focal instrument for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer
Author(s): Romain Gueorguiev Petrov; Fabien Malbet; Andrea Richichi; Karl-Heinz Hofmann; Denis Mourard; Karim Agabi; Pierre Antonelli; Eric Aristidi; Carlo Baffa; Udo Beckmann; Philippe Berio; Yves Bresson; Frederic Cassaing; Alain Chelli; Albrecht Dreiss; Michel Dugue; Gilles Duvert; Thierry Forveille; E. Fossat; Sandro Gennari; M. Geng; Andre Glentzlin; Daniel Kamm; Stephane Lagarde; Etienne LeCoarer; Danielle LeContel; John Michel LeContel; Franco Lisi; Bruno Lopez; Gilbert Mars; Gregoire Martinot-Lagarde; Djamel Mekarnia; Jean-Louis Monin; David Mouillet; Christian Perrier-Bellet; Pascal Puget; Yves Rabbia; Sylvestre Rebattu; Francois Reynaud; Sylvie Robbe-Dubois; Karine Perraut-Rousselet; Michel Sacchettini; Markus Schoeller; Isabelle Tallon-Bosc; Gerd Weigelt
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Paper Abstract

AMBER is a focal instrument for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer working in the near infrared from 1.1 to 2.4 micrometers . It has been designed having in mind the General User of interferometric observations and the full range of his possible astrophysical programs. However the three programs used to define the key specifications have been the study of Young Stellar Objects, the study of Active Galactic Nuclei dust tori and broad line regions and the measure of masses and spectra of hot Extra Solar Planets. AMBER combines up to three beams produced by the VLTI 8 m Unit Telescopes equipped with Adaptive Optics and/or by the 1.8 m Auxiliary Telescopes. The fringes are dispersed with resolutions ranging from 35 to 10000. It is optimized for high accuracy single mode measurements of the absolute visibility, of the variation of the visibility and phase with wavelength (differential interferometry) and of phase closure relations with three telescopes. The instrument and its software are designed to allow a highly automated user friendly operation and an easy maintenance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390256
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Romain Gueorguiev Petrov, Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Fabien Malbet, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Andrea Richichi, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Germany)
Karl-Heinz Hofmann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (Germany)
Denis Mourard, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Karim Agabi, Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Pierre Antonelli, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Eric Aristidi, Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Carlo Baffa, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Udo Beckmann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (Germany)
Philippe Berio, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Yves Bresson, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Frederic Cassaing, ONERA (France)
Alain Chelli, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Albrecht Dreiss, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (France)
Michel Dugue, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Gilles Duvert, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Thierry Forveille, Observatoire de Grenoble (United States)
E. Fossat, Univ. de Nice Sofia-Antipolis (France)
Sandro Gennari, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
M. Geng, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (Germany)
Andre Glentzlin, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Daniel Kamm, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (Germany)
Stephane Lagarde, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Etienne LeCoarer, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Danielle LeContel, Observatoire de la Cote d' Azur (France)
John Michel LeContel, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Franco Lisi, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Bruno Lopez, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Gilbert Mars, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Gregoire Martinot-Lagarde, Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers (France)
Djamel Mekarnia, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Jean-Louis Monin, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
David Mouillet, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Christian Perrier-Bellet, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Pascal Puget, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Yves Rabbia, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Sylvestre Rebattu, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Francois Reynaud, Institut de Recherche en Communications Optiques et Microondes (France)
Sylvie Robbe-Dubois, Univ. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France)
Karine Perraut-Rousselet, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Michel Sacchettini, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Markus Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Isabelle Tallon-Bosc, Ctr. de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon (France)
Gerd Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (Germany)


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

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