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Paper Abstract

AMBER is the General User near infrared focal instrument of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer. Its a single mode, dispersed fringes, three telescopes instrument. A limiting magnitude of the order of H=13 will allow to tackle a fair sample of extra galactic targets. A very high accuracy, in particular in color differential phase and closure phase modes gives good hope for very high dynamic range observation, possibly including hot extra solar planets. The relatively high maximum spectral resolution, up to 10000, will allow some stellar activity observations. Between this extreme goals, AMBER should have a wide range of applications including Young Stellar Objects, Evolved Stars, circumstellar material and many others. This paper tries to introduce AMBER to its future users with information on what it measures, how it is calibrated and hopes to give the readers ideas for applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4838, Interferometry for Optical Astronomy II, (21 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459113
Show Author Affiliations
Romain Gueorguiev Petrov, Univ. def Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Fabien Malbet, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
Gerd Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (Germany)
Franco Lisi, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Pascal Puget, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
Pierre Antonelli, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Udo Beckmann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Radioastronomie (Germany)
Stephane Lagarde, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Etienne Lecoarer, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
Sylvie Robbe-Dubois, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Gilles Duvert, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
Sandro Gennari, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Alain Chelli, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
Michel Dugue, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Karine Rousselet-Perraut, Univ. Joseph Fourier (France)
Martin Vannier, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Denis Mourard, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)

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

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