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Physical studies of Kuiper-Belt objects: an ESO VLT/NTT large program
Author(s): Hermann Boehnhardt; A. Barucci; A. Delsanti; Elisabetta Dotto; M. Lazzarin; G. P. Tozzi; J. Romon; A. Doressoundiram; N. Peixinho; John K. Davies; Olivier Hainaut; C. de Bergh; L. Barrera; K. Birkle; K. Meech; J. L. Ortiz; P. Rousselot; T. Sekiguchi; Nicolas Thomas; J. Watanabe; Richard M. West; Marcello Fulchignoni
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Paper Abstract

Since April 2001 a Large Program for the study of physical properties of Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNO) and Centaurs is underway at the Paranal (Very Large Telescope VLT) and La Silla (New Technology Telescope NTT) observatories of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile. Combining service (SM) and visitor mode (VM) observations multi-wavelength imaging (BVRIJHK filters) and low-dispersion spectroscopy is performed in the visible and near-IR on a sample of objects that should allow a better and more consistent taxonomic characterization and classification of these pristine bodies in our solar system. Starting with a summary of the current knowledge on the Kuiper-Belt and the populations of objects, the paper presents the goals of this project and its scientific and organizational implementation. It illustrates the progress and the scientific achievements by a hynoptic view of results from photometry and spectroscopy of these Solar System objects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4834, Discoveries and Research Prospects from 6- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes II, (13 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457743
Show Author Affiliations
Hermann Boehnhardt, European Space Agency (Chile)
A. Barucci, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
A. Delsanti, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Elisabetta Dotto, Osservatorio Astronomico ii Torino (Italy)
Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
M. Lazzarin, Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
G. P. Tozzi, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
J. Romon, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
A. Doressoundiram, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
N. Peixinho, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
and Observatorio Astronomico de Lisboa (Portugal)
John K. Davies, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Olivier Hainaut, European Southern Observatory (France)
C. de Bergh, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
L. Barrera, Univ. Catolica del Norte (Chile)
K. Birkle, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
K. Meech, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
J. L. Ortiz, Instituto de Astronomia de Andalucia (Spain)
P. Rousselot, Observatoire de Besancon (France)
T. Sekiguchi, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
Nicolas Thomas, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)
J. Watanabe, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Richard M. West, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Marcello Fulchignoni, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4834:
Discoveries and Research Prospects from 6- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes II
Puragra Guhathakurta, Editor(s)

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