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VLTI technical advances: present and future
Author(s): Andreas Glindemann; Maja Albertsen; Luigi Andolfato; Gerardo Avila; Pascal Ballester; Bertrand Bauvir; Francoise Delplancke; Frederic Derie; Martin Dimmler; Philippe Duhoux; Emmanuel di Folco; R. Frahm; Emmanuel Galliano; Bruno Gilli; Paul N. Giordano; Philippe B. Gitton; Stephane Guisard; Nico Housen; Christian A. Hummel; Alexis Huxley; Robert Karban; Pierre Kervella; Mario Kiekebusch; Bertrand Koehler; Samuel A. Leveque; Tom Licha; Antonio Longinotti; Derek J. McKay; Serge Menardi; Guy J. Monnet; Sebastien Morel; Francesco Paresce; Isabelle Percheron; Monika Petr-Gotzens; Thanh Phan Duc; Joerg-Uwe Pott; Florence Puech; Fredrik T. Rantakyro; Andrea Richichi; Cyrus Sabet; Kevin L. Scales; Markus Schoeller; N. Schuhler; Mario van den Ancker; Martin Vannier; Anders Wallander; Markus Wittkowski; Rainer C. Wilhelm
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Paper Abstract

The Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) on Cerro Paranal (2635 m) in Northern Chile reached a major milestone in September 2003 when the mid infrared instrument MIDI was offered for scientific observations to the community. This was only nine months after MIDI had recorded first fringes. In the meantime, the near infrared instrument AMBER saw first fringes in March 2004, and it is planned to offer AMBER in September 2004. The large number of subsystems that have been installed in the last two years - amongst them adaptive optics for the 8-m Unit Telescopes (UT), the first 1.8-m Auxiliary Telescope (AT), the fringe tracker FINITO and three more Delay Lines for a total of six, only to name the major ones - will be described in this article. We will also discuss the next steps of the VLTI mainly concerned with the dual feed system PRIMA and we will give an outlook to possible future extensions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551468
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Maja Albertsen, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Luigi Andolfato, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gerardo Avila, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pascal Ballester, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bertrand Bauvir, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Francoise Delplancke, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Frederic Derie, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Martin Dimmler, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Philippe Duhoux, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Emmanuel di Folco, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
R. Frahm, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Emmanuel Galliano, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bruno Gilli, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Paul N. Giordano, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Philippe B. Gitton, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stephane Guisard, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nico Housen, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christian A. Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Alexis Huxley, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Robert Karban, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pierre Kervella, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mario Kiekebusch, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bertrand Koehler, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Samuel A. Leveque, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Tom Licha, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Antonio Longinotti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Derek J. McKay, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Serge Menardi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Guy J. Monnet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sebastien Morel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Francesco Paresce, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Isabelle Percheron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Monika Petr-Gotzens, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Thanh Phan Duc, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Joerg-Uwe Pott, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Florence Puech, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Fredrik T. Rantakyro, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andrea Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Cyrus Sabet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Kevin L. Scales, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Schoeller, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
N. Schuhler, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Mario van den Ancker, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Martin Vannier, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Anders Wallander, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Rainer C. Wilhelm, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


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

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