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The Very Large Telescope Interferometer v2012+
Author(s): Pierre Haguenauer; Roberto Abuter; Luigi Andolfato; Jaime Alonso; Guillaume Blanchard; Jean-Philippe Berger; Pierre Bourget; Stephane Brillant; Frédéric Derie; Françoise Delplancke; Nicola Di Lieto; Christophe Dupuy; Bruno Gilli; Philippe Gitton; Juan Carlos Gonzalez; Stéphane Guisard; Serge Guniat; Gerhard Hudepohl; Andreas Kaufer; Samuel Lévêque; Serge Ménardi; Antoine Mérand; Sebastien Morel; Isabelle Percheron; Than Phan Duc; Sebastien Poupar; Andres Ramirez; Claudio Reineiro; Sridharan Rengaswamy; Thomas Rivinius; Markus Schöller; Christian Schmid; Alex Segovia; Nicolas Schuhler; Guillermo Valdes; Willem Jan de Wit; 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 two VLTI instruments, MIDI and AMBER deliver regular scientific results. In parallel to the operation, the instruments developments are pursued, and new modes are studied and commissioned to offer a wider range of scientific possibilities to the community and increase sensitivity. New configurations of the ATs have been offered and are frequently discussed with the science users of the VLTI and implemented to optimize the scientific return. The PRIMA instrument, bringing astrometry capability to the VLTI and phase referencing to the instruments is being commissioned. The visitor instrument PIONIER is now fully operational and bringing imaging capability to the VLTI. The current status of the VLTI is described with successes and scientific results, and prospects on future evolution are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8445, Optical and Infrared Interferometry III, 84450D (12 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925323
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre Haguenauer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Roberto Abuter, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Luigi Andolfato, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jaime Alonso, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Guillaume Blanchard, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Jean-Philippe Berger, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Pierre Bourget, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Stephane Brillant, 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)
Bruno Gilli, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Philippe Gitton, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Stéphane Guisard, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Serge Guniat, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Gerhard Hudepohl, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Samuel Lévêque, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Serge Ménardi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Antoine Mérand, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Sebastien Morel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Isabelle Percheron, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Than Phan Duc, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sebastien Poupar, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andres Ramirez, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Claudio Reineiro, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Sridharan Rengaswamy, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Thomas Rivinius, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Schöller, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christian Schmid, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Alex Segovia, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nicolas Schuhler, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Guillermo Valdes, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Willem Jan de Wit, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus Wittkowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8445:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry III
Françoise Delplancke; Jayadev K. Rajagopal; Fabien Malbet, Editor(s)

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