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Performance of FLAMES at the VLT: one year of operation
Author(s): Luca Pasquini; Roberto Castillo; Hans Dekker; Reinhard Hanuschik; Andreas Kaufer; Andrea Modigliani; Ralf Palsa; Francesca Primas; Riccardo Scarpa; Jonathan Smoker; Burkhard Wolff
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Paper Abstract

Four years after its announcement at SPIE, FLAMES, the VLT fibre facility, has been completed, integrated into the VLT observatory and commissioned. It has been in operation since February 2003. More than 250000 scientific (single) spectra have been obtained, which have enabled the on-sky performance of the instrument to be compared to the predictions. We show that in several relevant aspects the real instrument significantly outperforms the specified astronomical performance. Some of the early scientific results are finally presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550437
Show Author Affiliations
Luca Pasquini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Roberto Castillo, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Hans Dekker, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Reinhard Hanuschik, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Andrea Modigliani, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Ralf Palsa, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Francesca Primas, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Riccardo Scarpa, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Jonathan Smoker, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Burkhard Wolff, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5492:
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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