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Paper Abstract

MIDI (MID-infrared Interferometric instrument) gave its first N-band (8 to 13 micron) stellar interference fringes on the VLTI (Very Large Telescope Interferometer) at Cerro Paranal Observatory (Chile) in December 2002. An lot of work had to be done to transform it, from a successful physics experiment, into a premium science instrument which is offered to the worldwide community of astronomers since September 2003. The process of "paranalization", carried out by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in collaboration with the MIDI consortium, has aimed to make MIDI simpler to use, more reliable, and more efficient. We describe in this paper these different aspects of paranalization (detailing the improvement brought to the observation software) and the lessons we have learnt. Some general rules, for bringing an interferometric instrument into routine operation in an observatory, can be drawn from the experience with MIDI. We also report our experience of the first "service mode" run of an interferometer (VLTI + MIDI) that took place in April 2004.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550116
Show Author Affiliations
Sebastien Morel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pascal Ballester, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bertrand Bauvir, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Peter Biereichel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Gabriel Cuby, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Observatoire de Marseille (France)
Emmanuel Galliano, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nicholas Haddad, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nico Housen, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Christian A. Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pierre Kervella, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Isabelle Percheron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Florence Puech, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Fredrik T. Rantakyro, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andrea Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Cyrus Sabet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Jason Spyromilio, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Martin Vannier, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Anders Wallander, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christoph Leinert, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Uwe Graser, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Udo Neumann, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Walter J. Jaffe, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
Jeroen A. de Jong, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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