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MATISSE: perspective of imaging in the mid-infrared at the VLTI
Author(s): B. Lopez; S. Wolf; S. Lagarde; P. Abraham; P. Antonelli; J. C. Augereau; U. Beckman; J. Behrend; N. Berruyer; Y. Bresson; O. Chesneau; J. M. Clausse; C. Connot; K. Demyk; W. C. Danchi; M. Dugué; S. Flament; A. Glazenborg; U. Graser; T. Henning; K. H. Hofmann; M. Heininger; Y. Hugues; W. Jaffe; S. Jankov; S. Kraus; W. Laun; Ch. Leinert; H. Linz; Ph. Mathias; K. Meisenheimer; A. Matter; J. L. Menut; F. Millour; U. Neumann; E. Nussbaum; A. Niedzielski; L. Mosonic; R. Petrov; T. Ratzka; S. Robbe-Dubois; A. Roussel; D. Schertl; F.-X. Schmider; B. Stecklum; E. Thiebaut; F. Vakili; K. Wagner; L. B. F. M. Waters; G. Weigelt
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Paper Abstract

Our objective is the development of mid-infrared imaging at the VLTI. The related science case study demonstrates the enormous capability of a new generation mid-infrared beam combiner. MATISSE will constitute an evolution of the two-beam interferometric instrument MIDI by increasing the number of recombined beams up to four. MIDI is a very successful instrument which offers a perfect combination of spectral and angular resolution. New characteristics present in MATISSE will give access to the mapping and the distribution of the material (typically dust) in the circumstellar environments by using a wide mid-infrared band coverage extended to L, M, N and Q spectral bands. The four beam combination of MATISSE provides an efficient UV-coverage: 6 visibility points are measured in one set and 4 closure phase relations which can provide for the first time aperture synthesis images in the mid-infrared spectral regime. The mid-infrared spectral domain is very relevant for the study of the environment of various astrophysical sources. Our science case studies show the wide field of applications of MATISSE. They will be illustrated in the first part of this presentation through the perspective of imaging the circumstellar environments/discs of young stellar objects. The MATISSE characteristics will be given in a second part of the presentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 62680Z (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671636
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B. Lopez, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
S. Wolf, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
S. Lagarde, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
P. Abraham, Konkoly Observatory (Hungary)
P. Antonelli, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
J. C. Augereau, Observatoire de Grenoble (France)
U. Beckman, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
J. Behrend, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
N. Berruyer, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
Y. Bresson, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
O. Chesneau, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
J. M. Clausse, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
C. Connot, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
K. Demyk, Univ. de Lille (France)
W. C. Danchi, NASA Goddard Flight Ctr. (United States)
M. Dugué, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
S. Flament, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
A. Glazenborg, ASTRON (Netherlands)
U. Graser, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
T. Henning, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
K. H. Hofmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
M. Heininger, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
Y. Hugues, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
W. Jaffe, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
S. Jankov, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice (France)
S. Kraus, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
W. Laun, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Ch. Leinert, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
H. Linz, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Ph. Mathias, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
K. Meisenheimer, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
A. Matter, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
J. L. Menut, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
F. Millour, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice (France)
U. Neumann, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
E. Nussbaum, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
A. Niedzielski, Torun Ctr. for Astronomy (Poland)
L. Mosonic, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice (France)
R. Petrov, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice (France)
T. Ratzka, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
S. Robbe-Dubois, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice (France)
A. Roussel, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (France)
D. Schertl, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)
F.-X. Schmider, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice (France)
B. Stecklum, Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg (Germany)
E. Thiebaut, Observatoire de Lyon (France)
F. Vakili, Lab. Univ. d'Astrophysique de Nice (France)
K. Wagner, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
L. B. F. M. Waters, Astronomical Institute Amsterdam (Netherlands)
G. Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)

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

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