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Astrophysical potentials of the MIDI VLTI instrument
Author(s): Bruno Lopez; Christoph Leinert; Uwe Graser; Laurens B.F.M. Waters; Guy S. Perrin; Thomas M. Herbst; Huub J. A. Roettgering; Daniel Rouan; Bringfried Stecklum; Reinhard Mundt; Hans Zinnecker; Patrick de Laverny; Markus Feldt; Jeffrey A. Meisner; Anne Dutrey; Thomas Henning; Farrokh Vakili
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Paper Abstract

The mid-infrared interferometric instrument (MIDI) is planned to become operative at the ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) during the year 2001. The first version of MIDI is designed for use of two telescope beams at 10 micrometers wavelength. We here present an overview of some of the scientific objectives. The preparatory work under progress, before first VLTI observations, consists in studying the feasibility of different astrophysical projects (expected visibility, required absolute accuracy of the measurement, required observing time, procedure of observation, and VLTI baseline configuration). As examples we will discuss the observations of disks around young stellar objects, of active galactic nuclei, of extrasolar planets and of some evolved stars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 2000
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390246
Show Author Affiliations
Bruno Lopez, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Christoph Leinert, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Uwe Graser, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Laurens B.F.M. Waters, Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Guy S. Perrin, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Thomas M. Herbst, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (United States)
Huub J. A. Roettgering, Univ. of Leiden (Netherlands)
Daniel Rouan, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Bringfried Stecklum, Thuringer Landessternwarte Tautenberg (Germany)
Reinhard Mundt, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Hans Zinnecker, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
Patrick de Laverny, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Markus Feldt, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Jeffrey A. Meisner, Univ. of Leiden (Netherlands)
Anne Dutrey, Institut de la RadioAstronomie Millimetrique (France)
Thomas Henning, Astrophysikalisches Institut und Univ.-Sterwarte (Germany)
Farrokh Vakili, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4006:
Interferometry in Optical Astronomy
Pierre J. Lena; Andreas Quirrenbach, Editor(s)

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