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Recent progress at the Very Large Telescope Interferometer
Author(s): Markus Schöller; Javier Argomedo; Bertrand Bauvir; Leonardo Blanco-Lopez; Henri Bonnet; Stephane Brillant; Michael Cantzler; Johan Carstens; Fabio Caruso; Christian Choque-Cortez; Frederic Derie; Francoise Delplancke; Nicola Di Lieto; Martin Dimmler; Yves Durand; Mark Ferrari; Emmanuel Galliano; Philippe Gitton; Bruno Gilli; Andreas Glindemann; Serge Guniat; Stephane Guisard; Nicolas Haddad; Pierre Haguenauer; Nico Housen; Gerd Hudepohl; Christian Hummel; Andreas Kaufer; Mario Kiekebusch; Bertrand Koehler; Jean-Baptiste Le Bouquin; Samuel Leveque; Christopher Lidman; Pedro Mardones; Serge Menardi; Sebastien Morel; Manfred Mornhinweg; Jean-Luc Nicoud; Isabelle Percheron; Monika Petr-Gotzens; Than Phan Duc; Florence Puech; Andres Ramirez; Fredrik Rantakyrö; Andrea Richichi; Thomas Rivinius; Stefan Sandrock; Fabio Somboli; Jason Spyromilio; Stanislav Stefl; Vincent Suc; Roberto Tamai; Mario Tapia; Martin Vannier; Gautam Vasisht; Anders Wallander; Stefan Wehner; Markus Wittkowski; Juan Zagal
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Paper Abstract

The ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) is the first general-user interferometer that offers near- and mid-infrared long-baseline interferometric observations in service and visitor mode to the whole astronomical community. Over the last two years, the VLTI has moved into its regular science operation mode with the two science instruments, MIDI and AMBER, both on all four 8m Unit Telescopes and the first three 1.8m Auxiliary Telescopes. We are currently devoting up to half of the available time for science, the rest is used for characterization and improvement of the existing system, plus additional installations. Since the first fringes with the VLTI on a star were obtained on March 17, 2001, there have been five years of scientific observations, with the different instruments, different telescopes and baselines. These observations have led so far to more than 40 refereed publications. We describe the current status of the VLTI and give an outlook for its near future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 62680L (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672231
Show Author Affiliations
Markus Schöller, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Javier Argomedo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Bertrand Bauvir, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Leonardo Blanco-Lopez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Henri Bonnet, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stephane Brillant, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Michael Cantzler, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Johan Carstens, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Fabio Caruso, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Christian Choque-Cortez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Frederic Derie, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Francoise Delplancke, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nicola Di Lieto, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Martin Dimmler, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Yves Durand, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Mark Ferrari, Observatoire Astrophysique de Marseille Provence (France)
Emmanuel Galliano, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Philippe Gitton, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bruno Gilli, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andreas Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Serge Guniat, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stephane Guisard, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nicolas Haddad, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pierre Haguenauer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nico Housen, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Gerd Hudepohl, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Christian Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Mario Kiekebusch, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Bertrand Koehler, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Baptiste Le Bouquin, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Samuel Leveque, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christopher Lidman, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pedro Mardones, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Serge Menardi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sebastien Morel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Manfred Mornhinweg, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Jean-Luc Nicoud, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Isabelle Percheron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Monika Petr-Gotzens, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Than Phan Duc, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Florence Puech, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andres Ramirez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Fredrik Rantakyrö, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andrea Richichi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Thomas Rivinius, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stefan Sandrock, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Fabio Somboli, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Jason Spyromilio, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stanislav Stefl, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Vincent Suc, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Roberto Tamai, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Mario Tapia, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Martin Vannier, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Gautam Vasisht, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Anders Wallander, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stefan Wehner, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Juan Zagal, European Southern Observatory (Chile)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6268:
Advances in Stellar Interferometry
John D. Monnier; Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi, Editor(s)

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