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Getting ready for high-accuracy measurements: the VLTI calibrators program
Author(s): Isabelle Percheron; Andrea Richichi; Markus Wittkowski
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Paper Abstract

The VLTI Calibrators Program is a common project between ESO and NEVEC. The main goal is to establish a network of measurements of calibrator objects with an accuracy high enough to fully exploit the different VLTI instruments. We started this project in 2001 by defining a list of objects to be used during the observations with the commissioning instrument VINCI. During the first year of observation (18th March 2001 - 18th March 2002), a total of 5060 observations have been recorded on 156 astronomical objects. More than 60% of the observations have been done on 63 calibrator objects. These calibrator data are currently analyzed to refine the measurements of the adopted diameters. After a brief description of the instrument and of the data reduction process, we describe the criteria used to establish a list of calibrators suitable for the commissioning instrument VINCI with baselines of up to 200m. We define a strategy to observe and analyze the data for the commissioning of the VLTI and of several baselines. We emphasize the difficulties of instrumental calibration to an accuracy of a few 0.1% and the necessity of a long term effort.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458243
Show Author Affiliations
Isabelle Percheron, Leiden Observatory/Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Andrea Richichi, 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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