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The Very Large Telescope Interferometer: an update
Author(s): Pierre Haguenauer; Roberto Abuter; Jaime Alonso; Javier Argomedo; Bertrand Bauvir; Guillaume Blanchard; Henri Bonnet; Stéphane Brillant; Michael Cantzler; Frédéric Derie; Françoise Delplancke; Nicola Di Lieto; Christophe Dupuy; Yves Durand; Philippe Gitton; Bruno Gilli; Andreas Glindemann; Serge Guniat; Stéphane Guisard; Nicolas Haddad; Gerhard Hudepohl; Christian Hummel; Nathaniel Jesuran; Andreas Kaufer; Bertrand Koehler; Jean-Baptiste Le Bouquin; Samuel Lévêque; Christopher Lidman; Pedro Mardones; Serge Ménardi; Sébastien Morel; Isabelle Percheron; Monika Petr-Gotzens; Than Phan Duc; Florence Puech; Andres Ramirez; Fredrik Rantakyrö; Andrea Richichi; Thomas Rivinius; Johannes Sahlmann; Stefan Sandrock; Markus Schöller; Nicolas Schuhler; Fabio Somboli; Stanislav Stefl; Mario Tapia; Gerard Van Belle; Anders Wallander; Stefan Wehner; Markus Wittkowski
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Paper Abstract

The ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) offers access to the four 8 m Unit Telescopes (UT) and the four 1.8 m Auxiliary Telescopes (AT) of the Paranal Observatory located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. The fourth AT has been delivered to operation in December 2006, increasing the flexibility and simultaneous baselines access of the VLTI. Regular science operations are now carried on with the two VLTI instruments, AMBER and MIDI. The FINITO fringe tracker is now used for both visitor and service observations with ATs and will be offered on UTs in October 2008, bringing thus the fringe tracking facility to VLTI instruments. In parallel to science observations, technical periods are also dedicated to the characterization of the VLTI environment, upgrades of the existing systems, and development of new facilities. We will describe the current status of the VLTI and prospects on future evolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70130C (28 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788209
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre Haguenauer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Roberto Abuter, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jaime Alonso, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Javier Argomedo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Bertrand Bauvir, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Guillaume Blanchard, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Henri Bonnet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stéphane Brillant, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Michael Cantzler, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Frédéric Derie, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Françoise Delplancke, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nicola Di Lieto, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christophe Dupuy, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Yves Durand, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Philippe Gitton, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Bruno Gilli, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Glindemann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Serge Guniat, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stéphane Guisard, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nicolas Haddad, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Gerhard Hudepohl, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Christian Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nathaniel Jesuran, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Bertrand Koehler, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Baptiste Le Bouquin, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Samuel Lévêque, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christopher Lidman, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pedro Mardones, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Serge Ménardi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sébastien Morel, 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)
Johannes Sahlmann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stefan Sandrock, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Schöller, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nicolas Schuhler, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Fabio Somboli, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stanislav Stefl, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Mario Tapia, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Gerard Van Belle, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Anders Wallander, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stefan Wehner, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7013:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry
Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi; Françoise Delplancke, Editor(s)

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