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The VLTI focal instrument Amber: results of the first phase of the alignment, integration, and verification in Paranal
Author(s): Sylvie Robbe-Dubois; Romain Gueorguiev Petrov; Stephane Lagarde; Pierre Antonelli; Yves Bresson; Alain Roussel; Denis Mourard; Fabien Malbet; Florentin Millour; Gerard Zins; Alain Delboulbe; Gilles Duvert; Laurence Gluck; Pierre Y. Kern; Etienne P. LeCoarer; Karine Rousselet-Perraut; Eric Tatulli; Udo Beckmann; Matthias Heininger; Gerd P. Weigelt; Franco Lisi; Paolo Stefanini; Matteo Accardo; Carla S. Gil; Martin Vannier; Nicholas Haddad; Nico Housen; Mario Kiekebusch; Pedro Mardones; Florence Puech; Fredrik T. Rantakyro; Andrea Richichi; Markus Schoeller
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Paper Abstract

AMBER, Astronomical Multi BEam combineR, is the near-infrared focal instrument dedicated to the VLTI. It is designed to combine three of the VLTI Telescopes and to work simultaneously in the J, H and K spectral bands (1.0 to 2.4 μm). The project successfully passed the Preliminary Acceptance in Europe in November 2003, resulting in the validation of the instrument laboratory performance1, of the compliance with the initial scientific specifications, and of the acceptance of ESO for AMBER to be part of the VLTI. After the transportation of the instrument to Paranal, Chile in January 2004, the Assembly Integration and Verification phase occurred mid-March to succeed with the first fringes observing bright stars with the VLTI siderostats. This paper describes the different steps of the AIV and the first results in terms of instrumental stability, estimated visibility and differential phase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550323
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Sylvie Robbe-Dubois, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Romain Gueorguiev Petrov, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
Stephane Lagarde, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Pierre Antonelli, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Yves Bresson, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Alain Roussel, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Denis Mourard, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Fabien Malbet, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Florentin Millour, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Gerard Zins, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Alain Delboulbe, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Gilles Duvert, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Laurence Gluck, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Pierre Y. Kern, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Etienne P. LeCoarer, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Karine Rousselet-Perraut, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Eric Tatulli, Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Udo Beckmann, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)
Matthias Heininger, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)
Gerd P. Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie (Germany)
Franco Lisi, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Paolo Stefanini, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Matteo Accardo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Carla S. Gil, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Lab. d'Astrophysique de l'Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
Martin Vannier, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nicholas Haddad, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nico Housen, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mario Kiekebusch, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pedro Mardones, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Florence Puech, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Fredrik T. Rantakyro, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andrea Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


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

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