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First scientific results from the VLT interferometer
Author(s): Francesco Paresce; Roy Van Boekel; Serge Correia; Emmanuel di Folco; Andreas Glindemann; Pierre Kervella; Andrea Richichi; Markus Schoeller; Massimo Tarenghi; Markus Wittkowski
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Paper Abstract

The VLT interferometer has been operating since the time of first fringes in March 2001 with a pair of 40 cm diameter siderostats at baselines of 16 and 66 m and a pair of 8 m diameter telescopes (UT1 and UT3) with a baseline of 102 m using the test camera VINCI operating in the K band. A fair fraction of its commissioning time has been devoted to observing a number of objects of scientific interest around the southern sky bright enough to allow high precision visibilities to be obtained on a routine basis. A large number of stellar sources with correlated magnitudes brighter than K approximately 6 and K approximately 3 with the 8 m and 40 cm telescopes respectively have been observed over this time period with limited, u,v plane coverage. In this paper, the most interesting results on sources never observed before at these spatial resolutions and on known sources for which the VLTI data allow the establishment of tighter constraints on theoretical models will be reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.456988
Show Author Affiliations
Francesco Paresce, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roy Van Boekel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Serge Correia, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Emmanuel di Folco, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andreas Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre Kervella, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andrea Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Massimo Tarenghi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4838:
Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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