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Astrophysical potential of the AMBER/VLTI instrument
Author(s): Fabien Malbet; Thomas Bloecker; Renaud Foy; Didier Fraix-Burnet; Philippe Mathias; Alesssandro Marconi; Jean-Louis Monin; Romain Gueorguiev Petrov; Philippe Stee; Leonardo Testi; Gerd Weigelt
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Paper Abstract

AMBER is the near-infrared instrument of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). With a spectral resolution up to 10000 in the 1.2-2.4 micron wavelength range, AMBER will offer the possibility to combine 3 beams from the VLTI array either 8-m or 1.8m telescopes. The instrument has been designed to bring high precision measurement and high sensitivity and therefore opens the way to new domain of investigation in stellar physics and for the first time access to extragalactic sources. We show how the performance of the instrument can apply in these different astrophysical fields. We present the work of the Science Group and the AMBER consortium who defined precise astrophysical goals for the first years of operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458907
Show Author Affiliations
Fabien Malbet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Thomas Bloecker, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (Germany)
Renaud Foy, Ctr. de Recherche Astronomique de Lyon (France)
Didier Fraix-Burnet, Lab d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Philippe Mathias, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Alesssandro Marconi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Arcetri (Italy)
Jean-Louis Monin, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Romain Gueorguiev Petrov, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Philippe Stee, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Leonardo Testi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Arcetri (Italy)
Gerd Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (Germany)

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

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